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INVENTOR SPOTLIGHT MATTHEW GROSS - SAFETY LOCKING CAPS

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Matthew Gross started his career in HVAC right out of high school. He serviced many municipal train and bus depots in Southern California, where freon theft was frequent. “The colorful and expensive locking caps I used seemed to draw more attention than less, and I heard several comments from my customers about their high cost. It got me thinking, there has to be another way.” 


Matthew started to take notice of locking caps and found many of the expensive metal ones he came across were easily defeated due to moisture build-up and corrosion. 

He researched how to make locking caps cheaper and easier for the service tech to use – and thought about developing a plastic version that required no special tools for tightening or removal


“I wound up patenting my plastic version and started out doing everything myself.”  But trying to manufacture, package and distribute while running a service company was costly and time-consuming.

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A friend at a local supply house recommended he speak with SUPCO. “With SUPCO taking the manufacturing off my plate it brought down the costs of my Safety Locking Caps and allowed them to be available in supply houses nationwide.”






Right: Matthew with patent

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Matthew’s advice for techs with an idea:


“If you have an idea – go for it, be realistic, and pitch it. There will always be something new that can help the industry and if it was invented by a technician, you know there’s probably a good reason to have it.”

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