began one day as a challenge from my mother to my grandfather,"
says Patti Verb, President of Kneez
E-Z. With an active family and pets, it was
a challenge to keep the home clean. A mop just wasn’t
effective for reaching into corners. Her inability to kneel
for extended periods of time created a problem the grandfather
was well up to solving.
My grandfather, a 50 year Boiler Maker/Foreman
of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, held many patents for
the railroad. He was famous for his special quick-cooling
technique that made it safe for a man to enter and make repairs
to the steam engine boiler when engines arrived at the Round
House. That technique made it possible to get the trains out
two days earlier than normal for transporting our troops during
World War II.
He constructed a cushioned floor coaster that
even in a rough form allowed for easy maneuvering while kneeling.
"My mother loved how fast and safe it was. And she didn’t
have to stand up until the job was done." Over the
years, family and friends tried it out, loving how easy it
was to do any low level maintenance around the home.
“After my grandfather died, and while
recovering from injuries sustained in an auto accident, I
wanted to keep his spirit alive making his cushioned floor
coaster user friendly and public acceptable."
By switching to high impact plastic, the design
became light weight for easy carrying, and added design strength
to support a 300 lb. person. Because many low-level tasks
are poorly lit, a light was added to focus on the task at
hand. To keep from marking the floor, special Urethane casters
were selected. Our Vice-President, Bradley Tabbert found a
local manufacturer to make a flashlight offering more light
ten times greater than the ordinary flashlight, small enough
to easily fit in a pocket, and with a battery clip for quick
reloads reducing down time for workers.
Keeping with a strong desire to help stimulate
the local economy, we found manufacturers in the Great Lakes
area to make the necessary components for completing Kneez