30 years ago the original owner Terry was an applicator, he made his living applying corrosion
protection in ships and barges, very harsh enviroments.
At the time Terry was using well known name brand industrial products and was getting very frustrated due to the number of call backs from product failure.
Terry was at a corrosion convention at was describing his problems to a stranger next to him. The stranger turned out to be a frustrated chemist who created a corrosion formula that was longer lasting than anything on the market and none of the manufactures were interested in his formula. There was no apitite for long lasting protection among the manufactures. (Too long of a turn cycle)
Terry agreed to give it a try and very quickly saw it was the best product he had ever worked with. After a few years Terry purchased the formula from the chemist and used it for his own application services.
Over the years word of mouth got out that his product was the best and Terry was ask to make some extra product to sell on the side.
Terry never actively or properly ran the product side of the business, it was always a sideline, he was a one man show. There were a lot of loyal, patient customer who had no problem waiting for Terry to call them back a week later to fill their product orders as Terry was busy with his application side of the business.
This December in his 80's, Terry very reluctantly decided it was time to sell the business. I met Terry and he told about his product he was so attached to, it was his baby that he never let grow beyond himself.
He gave me (reluctantly) his hand written ledger to call his clients to see what they thought of the product. Some of the names were impressive, Seaspan, the Coast Guard, the Navy
, the Department of National Defence, USA Park Services (the only corrosion product allowed in US parks). I took the ledger and started to visit some of the 500 plus names in the book.
I told them I was going to use the product on my boat and asked how they liked it. I honestly expected most of them to not even remember the name or when they had last used it.
To my amazement, every single
person I called or visited went on to tell me how this was the best corrosion protection they had ever used and they couldn't understand why it wasn't being sold every where.
There were stories of failed alternators that came back to life with a spray of PLID, sunken boats with S2S on the electronics
that fired up upon recovery.
A coast guard captain
went on for 45 minutes telling me how this one can had replaced all other products on their boat, "it is the best cleaner, lubricant, penetrant dielectric and it is all in one can, we won't leave the shore without a case".
After randomly contacting over 30 customers I happily purchased Ship 2 Shore from Terry, I feel very lucky to have met him and take his Legacy to a new level.
We now actively answer the phone
, have a distributor who will ship the products out the very next day. We are having a Kickstarter for the Industrial spray this summer and hope to have both the PLID and Industrial in some chain retail outlets across the country by year end.