Michael Scott, the co-owner of an upcoming business, said it doesn’t matter if you’re an electrician hauling piping or an average citizen hauling wood for a new patio; every truck owner can find a use for his hide-a-rack product.
The business, Hide-A-Rack America LLC, is scheduled to open in early September and will be located at 102 Redd’s Branch Road. The business is expected to employ 10 to 25 workers.
The product uses 13 bolts that are attached to the bed of the truck. A two-tier coupler system sits up, and Scott said the couplers can hold up to 300 pounds.
He added that it takes 30 seconds to lift the rack for use. When not in use, Scott said the rack can be folded out of sight and rests on the fender well, which he believes is convenient because it’s the least-used part of the truck.
“Once you put it in place, you never have to move it for any reason,” he said. “And you don’t take away from the usable space of the truck. So right before you go to your tailgate party or to the car wash, you fold the rack down and you’re good to go.”
Scott said as an electrician, when he got calls to haul materials, he didn’t want to always have bulky structures, like a ladder rack, on his truck because he didn’t want to affect how his vehicle looked.
His desire to move large materials without changing the look inspired the Hide-A-Rack business.
“Ninety percent of business owners have a big, beautiful truck that they are not putting a ladder rack or toolbox on. And sometimes they need their truck for emergency reasons. So with our product, you just pop it up and you go.”
Scott added that the designs for the rack are all copyrighted, and the product itself is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
After testing the market, Scott and his partner settled on the price of $349, after taxes. That price, he said, is beating all competition by at least 50 percent.
“We tried to make it as efficient and as low-cost as possible. We beat everything on the market by 50 percent, and there’s nothing on the market that does what this does,” he added.
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Derrek Asberry is the SRS beat reporter for the Aiken Standard.