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Cornelius inventor plugs into a handy idea of his dreams

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By Kelly Mae Ross

The idea came to Michael Schutte in the middle of the night.  Download complete article here.


Local inventor gets 'best new product' nod

Lake Norman Citizen

by Lori Helms

Cornelius-based StayConnect Electrical Solutions has announced that its newest product, the Outdoor StayConnect Outlet Cover, received Best New Product in Class 2012 by the DIY Network and The National Hardware Show on May 3.  Download complete article here. 

"As an enthusiastic DIY-er, I have to say there are very few things that are more frustrating than pulling an extension cord out of the wall from a couple hundred feet away.  By the time you get all the tools you need out to the site of the actual work, the last thing you want to do (but I've done often) is walk all the way back to the receptacle because you accidentally pulled the cord from the wall.  This idea is as simple as it is genius"

- Chad Youngblood, GM, DIY Network


2011 Merchandising Awards - Honorable Mention


North American Hardware Retailing Association


Frustration Prevention Invention
Greater Charlotte Biz
by Suzanne Fulton

Who hasn’t cursed the experience of pulling the vacuum cleaner, rug shampooer, hedge trimmer or other electric gizmo just far enough to accidentally disconnect from the wall outlet? Who hasn’t had to unbend the plug prongs or wondered how long a plug could survive repeated yanks out of the wall? Download complete article (pdf)

Outlet Cover Sparks Rollout at Ace Hardware, QVC
Business Today,

A part-time Cornelius inventor is scoring big-time with a new product that is being promoted in Ace Hardware stores nationwide in February.

Michael Schutte’s StayConnect outlet covers keep equipment like leaf blowers and hedge trimmers plugged into outlets even when tugged on by long, heavy electrical cords. Download complete article (pdf)

Staying Connected
Cornelius entrepreneur turns frustrating problem into new invention
Lake Norman Magazine
by Jefferson George

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but frustration helps, too. Had he not become annoyed at his power cords constantly coming unplugged from wall outlets, a Cornelius man never would have invented a new product that is winning interest among hardware retailers. Download complete article (pdf)

Former Napoleon Resident Plans to Stay Connected

Osgood Journal
by Wanda English Burnett

An idea that grew out of frustration is paying off big for a former Napoleon resident. Mike Schutte has invented and patented an electrical outlet cover that holds cords secure. He has launched his own company, StayConnect LLC. Download complete article (pdf)

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Home Talk™ with Michael King

Interview with Michael King, "The Cajun Contractor" on Home Talk™, a live, call-in program that gives you access to the top home improvement professionals in the manufacturing, product and service industry today.

Radio Interview with Nick Federoff

Reaching out to folks across the country to be "green", Nick Federoff has a healthy obsession with eco-friendly products, services, and ideals.  There's more to Nick, however, than just a pretty beard.  Nick hosts two national award-winning radio shows, "Nick Federoff on Gardening" and the "Things Green Garden Minute".  This quest for helping others has earned him the title of America's Master Natural Gardener.