I'm Brian, the founder of Vascito and inventor of the MRA Slide-to-Seal technology. I have been a home builder and remodeler for over 20 years, exceptional cook (my wife made me say that!) and inventor. I'm the type of person that is always looking to improve things and never satisfied with the status quo.
One afternoon, while working in the kitchen, I was annoyed by the spice containers I was working with and their poor design. I could not fit a measuring spoon into them and they were all designed to be used 1 time and then thrown away!
I decided to come up with something better!
I started making prototypes of a new, lidless storage system that kept everything sealed tight. One that could be accessed with one hand, quickly and easily. I knew that I had a good idea, everyone that was testing a prototype wouldn't give it back!
So we jumped off the deep end - into the world of Housewares and decided to see what storage options were available today. We went to the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago to see all of the new and innovative products that were not on the market yet.
Everywhere we looked, all we saw were complicated storage systems with multiple parts (that we all know are going to get lost or eaten by the dishwasher). We could not find storage systems that were easy to use, easy to clean, and made life simpler - without creating more clutter! They still did not solve the problem of lids getting in the way or small jars that a spoon won't fit into.
This was when we knew it was time to take the leap and do everything we could to bring this product to market. Brian closed his building business to focus 100% of his time and effort to developing and launching Vascito. Our legal team prepared and filed all the patent paperwork and we lined up suppliers and manufacturers that were ready to go, as well as local stores ready to place PO's to put the items on their shelves.
Then came COVID-19, the shut-down of manufacturing and all retail operations. We took a deep breath and decided that this is just another minor bump in the road. We took this time to refine our web site and focus our efforts on direct to market on-line sales and pre-sales of some items. One thing we have learned is that you have to learn how to adapt! Life is always changing and we have to roll with it or get rolled over!!It has been an incredible journey to get to the point we are at now and we are so excited to share Vascito with you. We can not thank enough those that have supported us and cheered us on from the beginning! We have worked with so many incredible people and organizations - SCORE, Muskegon Inventors Network, Muskegon Community College FabLab, and GROW just to name a few. We could not have gotten this far without all of your dedication and support.