Rack, entered a business-plan competition and won a $50,000
grant from Arch Grants, a nonprofit organization that pro-
vides equity-free grants and pro bono support services to
entrepreneurs starting a business in St. Louis.
Now, both Meyers work full time at Rocket Rack in
Gray Summit, Mo., where they produce the easy-to-
install, food-grade support system.
In addition to their original products—standard
and wall-mounted Rocket Rack and the PVC-coated
rod—they now also produce the Tented Rocket
Rack (shown on opposite page), which has a slot
and mounting holes cut into the peak of the angle. The sys-
tems meet all standards of the 2016 Food Safety Modernization
Act and are used in food and beverage manufacturing facilities
all over the United States.
“Learning to run a business has been challenging, but we’ve
built a great team, and I’m happy we’re creating U.S. manu-
facturing jobs,” Meyer said. “Our customers say they love our
products. They’re able to pass the value along to their custom-
ers, which means they’ll be called back for future projects.”
It’s no secret now that, with the lighting industry turning to
the light-emitting diode (LED), solid-state lighting pervades.
Some seven years ago, however, when Jason Baright, president
of G&G LED, Albany, N. Y., started his company, there wasn’t an
LED fixture that would survive in harsh, chemical-laden, wet
environments. Seeking to veer away from his 9-to- 5 job working for a defense contractor, he saw an opportunity.
When Baright was growing up, his grandfather owned a car
wash and—with the help of Baright’s father, an electrical contractor—grew the business to 10 car washes. When he was younger,
Baright was part of the operation, his dad training him in electrical work. He later earned an electrical engineering degree.
With the background, education and ability to recognize an
opportunity in a need, Baright started G&G LED.
“The LED fixtures being used in car washes
were canopy fixtures that had problems with
water ingress,” Baright said. “That’s what
prompted our company to develop a fixture that
is IP69K, high-pressure hose-down rated and
G&G LED’s product is a wet-rated lighting fixture that has
rugged electrical connectors on either end, made in linear sizes
from 2 to 8 feet long. Baright’s patented interconnect, plug-and-
play fixture design makes it modular. It can be daisy-chained
into long segments up to 80 feet.
“If you can survive in the car wash environment, you’ve built
a fixture that will work in any environment,” he said. “So, from
there, we’ve taken it into lots of different markets with good
success. [For instance,] rail tunnels in New York City. That’s
not a market that you’d typically think, ‘Oh, rail tunnels, that’s
a good one.’ But it’s a fun market to be in.
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