TM Products, LLC
Aaron Dauner learned a thing or two in his 10+ years of painting and detailing trucks and buses. One of the hardest tasks of his work was masking around the tires, hubs and lug nuts. He knew a professional appearance on the wheels was important for resale value and Department of Transportation compliance and saw an opportunity to create a business from this task. He turned to SCORE for guidance in all aspects of a small business launch - from product design to accounting practices.
Over the course of 2 years, Aaron developed the Tire Mask product line to reduce masking and clean up time during the servicing of the millions of truck, trailer and bus wheels currently on the road. In 2001, he had patented the Hubb Capp mask and his new Tire Mask line complemented it perfectly. He now offers a complete wheel masking kit and his products will be distributed by Imperial Supplies/Grainger and Napa/Balkamp.
Aaron's business has flourished during the economic downturn as fleets are holding on to equipment longer and thus needing to repaint rather than buy new. He is proud to offer 100% Made in America products comprised of at least 50% post consumer recycled materials and which are 100% recyclable after use.
Aaron reflects on SCORE's impact on his success saying, "It was the SCORE meetings that really helped me focus my ideas into a business. The best thing about SCORE is the counselors have 'been there and done it.' If a person has a question, they are very knowledgeable. And that knowledge comes from years of experience."