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GB Manufacturing (GBM)/GB Fabrication(GBF)/Par-Kan Co.
www.gbmfg.com / www.par-kan.com / Headquarters: Delta, Ohio; Silver Lake, Ind. / Mark
Ries, vice president: "We wanted to produce a very durable, high-quality and high-end toolbox."

Midwest

Filling A Void

sister companies gb manufacturing and par-kan co.
bring innovations to the work truck show. by jim harris
par-kan developed the easy
dump to fill a void in the
waste industry and to serve
other sectors.

Mark Ries
knew from
an early age that there was one big
problem faced by people who work
with tools. "My father was a carpenter, and I worked with him from when
I was eight years old into my mid20s," he says. "It seemed like every
time I went to the tool box, the tool I
needed was always on the bottom."
Ries - who now works as vice president of sales and engineering for GB
Manufacturing and GB Fabrication, a
metal fabrication company based in
Delta, Ohio with divisions in Shiloh
and Shelby, Ohio - recently had an
idea that would solve this problem. "I
wanted to put a door on the front of it;
that way, you could just open the door
and get what you wanted from the
bottom," he says.
During development of the toolbox,
a few of Ries' colleagues from GB Fabrication had additional suggestions
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about
further uses. "One
member of the team said this
could be turned into a dog box," Ries
says. "We also realized the top shelf
would be a great place to store guns."
The vision of Ries and his team became realized last August, when GB
Manufacturing introduced the Work
Hound toolbox. The toolbox is targeted to contractors and other professionals who, like Ries, have experienced the pain of having a needed tool
be buried at the bottom of a conventional toolbox.
The box has two front doors and a
bi-level lid providing easy access to
four levels of tool storage. The bottom of the box is large enough to hold
a circular saw, and the top of the Work
Hound can safely store expensive
tools such as laser transits, Ries says.
The Work Hound can easily be converted from a toolbox to a dog box
by removing shelves. The box's sides

are ventilated, and optional doors are
available. The top offers safe cushioned storage for guns, and the rest of
the box can hold ammunition.
No tools are required to modify or
install the toolbox, which is designed
for placement in the back of a pickup
truck or behind the back window. The
body, doors and shelves of the Work
Hound are made from heavy-gauge
aluminum that is four times thicker
than that used in typical toolboxes.
The Work Hound retails at $2,195.
"We wanted to produce a very durable, high-quality and high-end toolbox," Ries says. "This is not for people
who want to spend a few hundred dollars at a discount store." A video can
be seen at www.theworkhound.com.

In the Dump
GB Manufacturing will unveil the
Work Hound during the Work Truck
Show in Indianapolis in March. GB
will share Booth No. 5877 with sister
manufacturing company Par-Kan Co.,
which will display its Easy Dump, a refuse collector that can be installed on
the back of a basic pickup truck.
"This was developed to fill a void
within the waste industry," says Abbie Hepler, director of sales and marketing for Par-Kan. "For example, if
a hauler misses your stop, they can
send a vehicle equipped with the Easy
Dump instead, saving the hauler time
and money."
The Easy Dump has applications
beyond the waste management industry. "We have found that it is versatile," Hepler says. "We have customers who use it to collect recycling,


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