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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.

 

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Wednesday, 07 October 2020 17:35

Killer Tools Attacks Pandemic with Mr. Fogger

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Shortly after the pandemic hit, Killer Tools unveiled a cordless sanitizing tool, Mr. Fogger, so that technicians or car detailers can sanitize touchpoints and vehicle interiors more quickly and efficiently. Shortly after the pandemic hit, Killer Tools unveiled a cordless sanitizing tool, Mr. Fogger, so that technicians or car detailers can sanitize touchpoints and vehicle interiors more quickly and efficiently.

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During the pandemic, some companies have succeeded while others have paused or closed their doors completely. Those who can pivot have been able to not only survive, but thrive during these uncertain times.

Such is the case with Killer Tools in Orangevale, CA, and its owner and inventor, Gerry Trueit, 72.

 

Trueit's company has conceived and designed more than 50 products, and estimates at least one or two are being used in every body shop in North America right now.

 

When Trueit saw a definite need for a tool that would help the collision repair industry as the pandemic continued, he and his team developed a system to accommodate both body shops and their insurance partners.

 

With a pivot move that even LeBron James would be proud of, Killer Tools developed a machine that generates ozone to completely disinfect interiors of vehicles before and after repairs. Offered in 110V and 12V, they have become top sellers.

 

Most recently, Killer Tools also unveiled a cordless sanitizing tool named Mr. Fogger, so technicians or car detailers can sanitize touchpoints and vehicle interiors more quickly and efficiently using the least amount of disinfectant.

Killer Tools sells Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant Solution, which uses thymol, an all-natural antimicrobial agent derived from the thyme plant, registered by the EPA for use against SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

 

When the pandemic hit in March, Trueit gave his crew two weeks off, but then came up with his idea for Mr. Fogger, and all of his nine employees came back to work in order to make and distribute it.

 

“We wanted to create tools that would enable technicians to sanitize cars thoroughly so that shops wouldn’t have to worry about the health of their employees and customers,” Trueit said. “Insurance companies are allotting 60 to 90 minutes to sanitize these cars, so this has become the new normal way and will likely continue long after this thing passes.”


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