When Struthers inventor Robert Davenport Sr. markets his product that makes cleaning out drains more environmentally friendly, he plans to do much of the leg work inside a new green business incubator at the top of the U.S. Route 422 strip.
Fellow inventor Bob Jadloski of Niles leased the 5,000-square foot-space he plans to convert to the Niles Green Incubator within the next 30 days. Jadloski says he, too, will operate his businesses out of the facility that formerly housed Optiview Vision Center at 1040 Youngstown Warren Road.
A tour of the facility last week showed little change from the vision center that used to operate there, but Jadloski says the space will work just fine the way it is. Small offices will accommodate up to six fledgling businesses at a time. A small workshop will house tools like a 3-D printer for additive manufacturing for shared use among the inventors, and there is plenty of space for conferences and meetings.
Jadloski and Davenport, members of the Youngstown-Warren Inventors Association, say many of the club's 50-plus members, with strong backgrounds in engineering and manufacturing, will be more than happy to offer their expertise as projects get up and running.
"They know how to run a business," Jadloski said. "I want to let people know if you have a product, and you don't know where to go with it, we can help."
Jadloski, an inventor, professional photographer and former Delphi employee who has remained very involved with the Warren G. Harding F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team, Delphi ELITE, Team 48, now operates iDK Technologies to market inventions, including the Fuel Assist Cell, his invention that reduces automobile emissions and increases fuel mileage.
Inventor Bob Jadloski stands near the Fuel Assist Cell he invented and plans to market out of a new Green Incubator he is opening in Niles. Jadloski hopes the facility, at the top of the U.S. Route 422 strip, will be used by inventors like himself trying to perfect inventions and get them off the ground.
Jadloski and colleague Pat Aulizia also are marketing an invention known as the GeoVolt, which converts unused pressure - like that emitted in the natural gas drilling process - into energy.
The GeoVolt harvests energy from natural gas emissions and other gravity-fed opportunities much like hydro-electricity is harnessed from waterfalls, explains a brochure promoting the GeoVolt.
"We sold to two types of customers with this product," Aulizia explained. "We have either a business that wants to use this product or we have inventors. If we had this incubator arranged, we could present it much, much better."
"GeoVolt can be a 50 percent return on investment," Jadloski added. "It could pay the rent here."
Until then, though, he will rely on the help of smaller operations like that of Davenport.
Davenport, vice president of the Youngstown-Warren Inventors Association, has created some 200 inventions, but Add-A-Trap is the only one on the market.
Add-A-Trap inserts a small removable basket and screen into drain pipes in order to capture and clean hair and other grime without the need for harsh drain cleaners.
"The market is there for the Add-A-Trap. You will help save the planet without putting all those products down the drain," said Davenport, who invented the product and holds its patent. "I have it in 23 outlets and some local stores, but I am still trying to get it into a major retailer."