Update from May 22, 2009 previous blog postinghttp://downtownwinstonsalem.blogspot.com/2009/05/downtown-employees-invent-nifty-gadget.html
Back in 2009, these guys still had their patent pending. They sent out this press release yesterday.
For Immediate Release:
Designfluence, a Winston-Salem based design outfit, has been awarded a United States Patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Their Utility Patent (US #7,685,908) for a “Drink Insulator with Bottle Opener,” was granted to them on March 30th, 2010. You may have heard of the hot new coozie on the market, Cap•A•Cooz™, or possibly seen it around in local stores and bars. Well the Cap•A•Cooz is their product, which they proudly manufacture right here in the Triad.
A North Carolina based company, Designfluence avoided the easy temptations to have their manufacturing done overseas by the Asian markets. They found an economical and sustainable way to create the Cap•A•Cooz™ right here in the U.S., and more importantly here in the Triad, which is something they are very proud of. With over 60% of the product manufactured within a 20 mile radius of Winston, the guys at Designfluence found a way to streamline the production in a sustainable fashion. With their recycled metal and recycled plastic regrind, they are doing their part to make highly the unique coozie as environmentally efficient as possible while still supporting local jobs and manufacturing. Three years in the making, and after launching the Cap•A•Cooz™ a year and a half ago, the company has managed to sell over 9,000 throughout the U.S., with simple social media marketing and by word of mouth. For more information on the Cap•A•Cooz™, and to find out how you can get your very own or have a custom Cap•A•Cooz™ printed for your next event please visit them at http://www.capacooz.com/ or you can contact them by phone at 336.839.2669