Local man selling his invention all over the world

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — Entrepreneurs were the building blocks of this city, and that spirit continues to flourish today. A Sylvanian man’s time abroad sparked the idea for his invention and he is about to present it to the world’s largest retailer.

Brian Wholahan is a financial advisor for his family firm. He is also an inventor. “I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” he said.

A work by Wholehan is shedding new light on an old problem.

“It’s sold all over the world at this point. I’ve sold it in about 16 countries and counting. There’s a sale going to Australia from tomorrow,” Holahan said.

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It’s called Easy Shade. Brian described it as a basic cover for exposed lights. “It’s a cheap and easy way to just turn it on and cover it up without having to re-wire the clip,” he said.

The idea for the product came about when Wholahan was living in Dubai. “I had an apartment that had ten exposed bulbs and nothing that just mounted the bulbs, and it would have been expensive to replace all the bulbs,” he said.

The Easy Shed is made from recycled plastic. It was originally manufactured overseas, but Wholahan moved to production here earlier this year.

“I brought the product with me when I moved back to Toledo last January. I brought it here with me to test it on the market. I sold it quickly without any marketing or advertising,” he said.

It is now built at Basilius Incorporated in Toledo. Wholahan said a local metal worker helped fix the bracket. Lott Industries employees are in the final stages. “The wonderful people at Lott do all of the packaging and final inspection of the product before it is shipped out,” said Wholehan.

Wholehan is headed to Arkansas next week to try to get the Easy Shade on the shelves of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer. “This is your chance to pitch for thirty minutes and show them your product and showcase it. I could find test stores, like maybe only in Ohio, or they wanted it in all their stores,” he said.

And all local relationships are important to Wholahan as he works to grow the company. “It’s an American product. It’s the domestic family businesses that are working on it. It supports everything we need to do in America again,” he said

Easy Shade is sold at many sites online. They go for $17.95 each.

On a side note, before Wholahan was a financial advisor, he was a special education teacher and traveled the world for more than a decade helping to build school programs.

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