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Dragons' Den survivor Sam Koffski's 3-D MultiHorse hits Duncan's Home Depot Friday
Dragons’ Den survivor Sam Koffski is stoked about looming hot sales from his unique workbench backed by dragon Arlene Dickinson.
“I’ve been working on this thing for 30 years. To see it finally on sale is phenomenal,” the Duncan inventor said of today’s 5 p.m. Home Depot Duncan launch of his 3-D MultiHorse.
Koffski was still emotionally high after being flown to Vancouver three weeks ago to meet Home Depot’s merchandising vice-president Jeff Kinnaird — during a surprise visit by $75,000-investor Dickinson — as MultiHorses hit shelves in 180 Canadian stores.
“Arlene said ‘We’ll pursue world marketing.’ I can hardly believe it.”
Koffski hopes his MultiHorses — made in China through Peak products — could eventually be sold in American and Mexican Home Depots.
He was reluctantly thrilled about his return of MultiHorse bucks; his take will tally 5% of wholesale sales.
“I hate to even think about it,” he said when asked if his cut could reach millions of dollars.
Koffski asked Dickinson if she could visit the Home Depot at some point to help promote his adjustable, use-anywhere sawhorse/workbench bracket.
“She said she doesn’t control her own destiny (schedule).”
But Koffski’s destiny took a turn for the best after he and son, Sid, appeared on CBC-TV’s popular Dragons’ Den in March 2012 to pitch the adaptable MultiHorse.
Koffski, 83, struck a deal with Venture-capitalist Dickinson, in exchange for all rights to the then-named Workhorse II — plus the 5% royalty.
Dickinson gave glowing comments to Metro Calgary in February about Koffski, and similar folks making the best of bad economic times.
“You think about Dragons’ Den and the numbers of entrepreneurs in the country that are coming forward — I think we are being very entrepreneurial,” she said, noting the trick for innovators is moving from concept to commercialization.
She cited Koffski’s 3-D MultiHorse — an innovation Koffski developed in his Duncan garage.
Dickinson explained how Koffski wrestled to find financing, patents, manufacturing and distribution.
Then he entered the Dragons’ Den.
“It’s about to go into stores, hopefully, across the world,” Dickinson said earlier this year. “Sometimes what great ideas need is just somebody to open the doors, and also to put the weight behind the idea to make it successful.”
Koffski signaled his good fortune is still sinking in. “It’s hard for me to comprehend.”