KINGMAN – Ten years after he came up with an idea for a spray nozzle unlike any other, Sylvester Dimmer is getting his product to consumers.
Dimmer was featured in a Neighbors story that appeared in the Miner on April 8, 2002. He had just finished two years of developing his Dual-Flo spray nozzle and another year in getting a patent on it.
However, he still was looking for a manufacturer and distributor for the unique pistol-grip nozzle.
Dimmer attended a lawn and garden show in Phoenix two years ago and made a connection with someone who was interested in his invention.
President Gary McMillan of Choice Products, Inc., of Paducah, Ky., was intrigued with the potential of the Dual-Flo nozzle, Dimmer said.
The nozzle now is manufactured in three parts and assembled in China and then shipped to a Choice Products warehouse near Paducah for distribution.
“Big manufacturers have representatives come to them with new products,” Dimmer said. “But if they only bring in one product, the manufacturer doesn’t want to mess with it.
“I’m happy I did not get with a big company. Choice Products does a super job in marketing and they only choose products with high potential.”
Dimmer said 14,000 Dual-Flo units were shipped from China to Choice Products about four months ago as the first delivery of the product to the marketing firm.
He said 50,000 units have been ordered by Canadian Tire Company, a retailer with a wide variety of merchandise that is similar to Sears in its operation.
In addition, True Value Hardware expects delivery of two cases of Dual-Flo nozzles this week and will become the first Kingman outlet offering it for sale, Dimmer said. The suggested retail price is $19.99.
The nozzle should prove invaluable outdoors for people washing their cars or trucks and gardeners.
It has a pistol grip that allows the user to spray water as well as a valve permitting someone to direct a steady water flow into a bucket, barrel or other container, making it similar to a sink faucet.
The unit is made from die-cast aluminum with components that are corrosion-resistant. The ball valve is stainless steel.
Dual-Flo comes with a lifetime limited warranty.
“Choice Products tested it with 150 pounds of air pressure,” Dimmer said.
“They’re very happy with the workmanship, as am I. It’s the best faucet on the market bar none.”
The nozzle also was run over with cars to test its durability, he said.
Dimmer conceived the idea for Dual-Flo while working in the mining industry.
He was atop a 1,500-gallon tank one day filling it with water and having a co-worker turn a valve on and off. He wanted a spray nozzle that would also permit him to wash out the tank.
The product may be ordered on the Internet by going to www.choiceproductsinc.com.