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Veto Pro Pac® Launches First Backpack Tool Bag Designed Specifically For Professional Tradesmen
NORWALK, CT– August 26, 2013 –Veto Pro Pac® (www.vetopropac.com), the leader in professional grade tool bags, launched its Tech Pac, the first backpack tool bag designed specifically for professional tradesmen who need to climb ladders or walk long distances on a daily basis.
Designed to enable the safe and comfortable transport of a variety of tools when servicing equipment accessible by extension or cage ladders, or in cities or industrial buildings where walking long distances is required, the Tech Pac features Veto Pro Pac’s patented center panel, heavy duty construction and stabilizing injection molded waterproof base that keeps tools dry, even in the nastiest of conditions.
With 56 pockets inside and out, the Tech Pac has ample room for hand tools, meters, parts boxes, cordless drills and impact drivers, as well as other bulkier items such as manifold gauges, hoses, cable wires and even a tablet. The backpack features an innovative quick release handle that allows easy access to the larger tool bay compartment and reduces the strain on the shoulder straps unlike any other backpack bag.
The Tech Pac’s patented center panel design offers dual bays with two tool storage platforms in each bay. The center panel design with the main tool and meter storage options on each side centers and stabilizes the backpack. The Tech Pac, either when closed and ready for transportation, or opened for quick and easy access, is uniquely designed not to tip over unlike most backpack bags. It also includes D-rings, bit extension and memory stick pockets, a stainless steel tape clip and an 8” electrical tape strap.
The TECH PAC is also made for comfort with a thermo-formed EVA padded back panel that helps cushion the load (which also provides structural stability), a padded load displacing shoulder strap system with multiple adjustment strap points and an ergonomic TPV rubber grip.
“The most difficult assignments for tradesmen are those where you need to climb a ladder or haul tools over long distances. You need to be able to carry all the tools you are going to need safely and comfortably,” said Roger Brouard, founder of Veto Pro Pac and the designer of the Tech Pac.
Mr. Brouard added, “We wanted to see first hand how tradesmen in the field deal with those conditions, so I spent weeks with them on the job observing them - from looking at OSHA standards of three points of contact on ladders, hauling tools up with a rope, to the need for a backpack that would fit through cages and stand up when being used, to a backpack that is comfortable and won’t get wet when placed down in wet or muddy conditions. This product is the result of those observations and the resolution to those challenges.”
The Tech Pac is 21.5 inches high, 14 inches long, 9.87 inches wide, and is currently available in the US and will be available internationally in September.
Veto Pro Pac tool bags are sold nationwide, as well as in Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Israel, Mexico and UK/Europe.. To find a dealer in your area or to learn more about Veto Pro Pac visit www.vetopropac.com.
About Veto Pro Pac
Veto Pro Pac tool bags are professional grade, industrial strength storage systems designed to keep tools where they belong, within easy reach, and protected from work site hazards. Each bag within the line is designed specifically for the professional tradesman they serve, with unique features that ensure the tool you need is always with you and easy to find. Roger Brouard, founder of Veto Pro Pac, spent years conducting research in the field on what professional tradesmen look for in a tool bag. The end result is a bag that includes vertically tiered pockets, attached to a patented center panel design to keep the bags vertical, allowing for immediate visual inventory and access to all hand tools. All Veto Pro Pac tool bags are designed as durable, ergonomic platforms to protect and transport tools to and from the jobsite and everywhere in between.
Contractor image is an important factor in a company's reputation. Whether operating a one-man shop or employing a large staff of technicians, HVAC contractors should likely consider what statement each process, employee, and piece of equipment makes about the company. That reputation is something that Greg Crumpton, president and founder of AirTight in Charlotte, N.C., keeps a close eye on in his company. One of the issues that he finds highly important is technician appearance and organization. "Customers can tell the difference between technicians that operate as well-oiled and organized machines," he said. "Trucks, tools, uniforms - it's all about image. When technicians are digging through junk to find the proper tool, it can make them appear incompetent and potentially mar their images."
Bucket, Bag, or Box?
Despite understanding that technician images and customer perceptions are important, Crumpton does not specify how his technicians organize their tools; neither do most other contractors. That leaves the organization conundrum up to the technician.
Some choose to put their tools in five-gallon buckets. Different organizers that go over these buckets can bring a more professional look to the choice. One technician found his five-gallon buckets to be the best because of the different types of jobs he was doing on a regular basis. He was able to set up multiple buckets in advance to fit each job without hassling with his tools and wasting time.
Some technicians carry toolboxes, but many have complained that these can be awkward to close due to the bulkiness of some tools and meters. The box seems to be losing its popularity in some sectors of the HVAC market.
That leaves the bag. Tool bags seem to have grown in popularity over the years. They line the shelves of local tool stores in many shapes, sizes, and colors, for a vast list of different applications. Tool bags are as much a personal preference as the tools that go in them, but for the technicians at Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning in Rochester, N.Y., "If they have a tool bag, it is usually a Veto Pro Pac," said Eric Knaak, vice president of operations at the company. "These bags offer the technicians organization and capacity while keeping everything well contained."
Knaak stressed that bag choice was up to the technicians at the company, but also pointed out that not only was organization and image important, but that efficiency with company time was crucial as well.
"A poorly organized or improperly outfitted bag will cost the company time and money," he explained. "So, being organized and efficient is critical. Technicians' trucks and tools are going to make or break them on a call. The less time they spend looking for tools and parts, the more time they can spend creating a world-class experience for clients."
Field Testing Results
Gault Energy, an HVAC and energy services company in Westport, Conn., feels much the same as Knaak and that is why they agreed to participate in a field study of Veto Pro Pac tool bags. To test the product in the field, the tool bag company issued 20 technicians with a Veto Pro Pac tool bag of their choice. They were instructed to use it for a three-month period. During this time, the inventor of the tool bags and founder of the Veto company, Roger Brou-ard, rode with the technicians to observe daily work routines. Brouard wanted to observe if there were changes in call behavior that correlated with the different tool bag. After three months of observations and technician interviews, Brouard reported that 85 percent of those using the Veto Pro Pac tool bags said that the bags, "saved them time and aggravation over their previous tool bags." The Gault Energy technicians also saved an average of 2.76 trips to the truck.
"Because everything is organized and has its own place in the bag, it makes it easier to find tools and put them back instead of just throwing them in there," said one Gault technician. "It looks so much more professional, like I care about my tools and it shows that I am not some kind of hack."
The field test was secondary to a survey conducted of over 3,000 Veto Pro Pac customers. Brouard had the study done in an effort to not just discuss the features of his bag, but to help make a case for the difference in style and price. The study showed that his customers saved an average of 2.7 trips to the truck every day. Of the respondents, 52.7 percent saved more than three trips per day and 24.3 percent saved more than five trips per day.
With being able to find tools quicker, reduce trips to the truck, potentially cut down on replacement, and increase efficiency, Brouard suggests that contractors could save thousands of dollars by employing these Veto Pro Pac tool bags in their companies.
"I designed these bags with the tradesman in mind," said Brouard. "The bottom stands flat like a golf bag, there is a center panel fitted to a sleeve with different configurations of tiered pockets, and the grip handle is hinged to help disperse and level the load. One of my favorite parts is that it can fit behind the seat in my truck and that the flat bottom helps keep it from sliding around when driving."
New models have been released for the HVAC technician to provide spaces for meters, testing products, and gauges. "We kept some tool pockets on one side and made larger pockets with stretchable neoprene to fit the larger monitors," explained Brouard of the Tech LC bag. "Among other features, there is also a pouch to keep a cordless drill or perhaps instead a plastic ports box."
Whether from our loyal and passionate customers or tradesmen who run blogs and YouTube sites, we receive many photos, videos, reviews and thoughts as how to best use the first tool they reach for on every job - their Veto Pro Pac bag. Here are some that we have received the past few months:
CUSTOMER TALE: I have been in the HVAC/R business since 1978 and have tried many tool boxes and bags until my buddy turned me on to Veto Pro Pac several years ago. I have enjoyed working with my current LC model for the past several years but never dreamed that it would someday save my ribs.
It was on the morning of January 25, 2013, after an ice storm the previous day here in Morganton, North Carolina. I went out that morning to a local McDonald's restaurant on a service call. As I climbed the stationary ladder to the steel platform at the edge of the roof, I told myself to be careful because it could be slippery. I must have not seen the transparent sheet of ice that had formed on the white membrane roof because as soon as I stepped down, my feet came out from under me. It was a heart stopping moment that seemed to go on longer than it probably did. As I lay on the deck, fear gripped me. As I thought that I couldn't afford to be hurt I noticed I didn't feel any pain. I got up slowly and noticed the handle from my bag fall to the roof deck. It was then that I realized what had happened.
I had the strap to my bag draped over my left shoulder as I carried the bag under my arm and against my left side. When I fell, the handle of the bag acted as a shock absorber and although it snapped, it served to absorb the full force of my 190 pound frame. The top of the bag also provided some cushioning as well. This prevented me from sustaining any injury. Veto Pro Pac saved my ribs!
I was able to complete my service call and safely climb down to the ground with my bag draped over my shoulder minus the handle, which I gladly tucked inside. In all the years I have worked in my industry, and all the bags I've owned, I am convinced that no other bag would have helped shield me from that fall. This story may sound like a commercial but its my story and its true. Thank you all at Veto for making a great product.
- Javier W. Guzman, Owner, Comfort Zone Heating, Air and Refrigeration Morganton, NC
REVIEW: from A Concord Carpenter
The problem with todays tools and tool bags is that the folk designing them have never worked in the field. It’s taken a bit of time for companies to realize this and the folks at Veto Pro Pac have it figured out with their Veto Pro Pac HVAC Tool Bags. They have taken feedback directly from HVAC installers and service technicians and even partnered with an HVAC company to come up with a bag designed specifically for HVAC folk.
We’re not talking about any old tool bag you’d find on the shelf of a big box store. We’re talking about the ideal gold standard, and impeccable and outstanding bag designed specifically to accomplish the tasks most encountered in HAVA and electrical work.
PHOTO: Tech LC: Chief Building Official
PHOTO: XXL-F: Carpenter
PHOTO: XL: Electrician
Computer Laptop/Tool Bag Big Hit with Workers Who Combine High Tech & Hammers Veto Pro Pac Introduces Latest Time-Saving Tool Bag
Norwalk, CT John Donnelly knew he had to do something when the weight of his tools were ripping the straps on his backpack and, worse, threatening to damage his laptop computer. A systems administrator, Donnelly services computers for four pharmacies and his backpack didn't hold all the tools he needed. His frustration ended when he bought the Veto Pro Pac Model XLT tool bag designed to hold a laptop computer, business paperwork, and a wide variety of hand tools stored vertically in dozens of small pockets.
Job-site tough, the Model XLT follows in the tradition of Veto Pro Pac's other high-quality tool bags, all designed for use by professional tradesmen to withstand the day-to-day rigors of a job site. The Model XLT is made of ultra-rugged, PVC impregnated, denier body fabric and has a thick, injection-molded polypropylene base. It stands up, and keeps tools within reach, stored in such a way that a craftsman has immediate inventory of every tool available. No more buying tools that are temporarily misplaced; for Donnelly, no more wasting time emptying his backpack to find a tool. Now, I can find everything I need,said Donnelly, who said that the bag holds the 30-40 tools he uses, plus his laptop computer and has enough room to store 30 feet of network cable.
Brad Hunt, home inspector, agreed. In his work, he needs a laptop to generate immediate, onsite reports after his inspections are completed. But his job also requires the use of a variety of hand tools. That's why he bought the Model XLT. It stores the 40 or so tools I need, my laptop, and I can even fit in my portable printer, too,Hunt said, noting that he has owned other Veto Pro Pac tool bags for five years.
Veto Pro Pac is short for Vertical Tool Organization Protected and Packed. Veto bags are professional grade, industrial strength storage systems designed to keep tools where they belong, within easy reach, protected from work site hazards. Designed for professional tradesmen, Veto bags are built to withstand the rigors of day-to-day use on and off the job site.
One of the common comments about our tool bags is that they are priced a bit high vs. our competition. However, we've always felt that our products pay for themselves through time savings and ease of use. In order to put this idea to the test we set about surveying 1,500 VETO PRO PAC tool bag owners to ask them how much time our products save them on the average day. The results were quite encouraging!
According to the customers who responded to the survey, their VETO PRO PAC tool bag(s) saves them, on average, $17,445 over the course of five years. Not too shabby! The math is as follows:
VETO Bags Last Longer: $80 savings
VETO bags guaranteed for 60 months, according to our customers, other bags last an average of 19 months
VETO Bags Prevent Lost Tools: $490 savings
Our customers report saving and average of $98/year in lost tools
VETO Bags Reduce Trips to Truck: $16,785 savings
Our customers report saving 2.7 trips per day to their truck 2.7/day x 10 minutes/trip x 250 days/year x 5 years x $30/Hour.
In addition the satisfaction rates were off the charts and comparable to some of the best consumer product companies in the world;
98% of our customers are satisfied.
96% would buy another VETO bag.
97% would recommend VETO to a friend or co-worker.
Thank you again for your time and please keep in touch.
Greetings for Connecticut! The leaves are turning and Fall is almost in full swing here on the East Coast. In keeping with the flurry of activity that always seems to lead up to the holidays, we are eager to share the latest additions to the VETO PRO PAC tool bag line with you - the OPEN TOP (OT) line of tool and gear bags.
The philosophy behind the OT line is to provide you with a bag that is not only super-durable and high quality, but can also carry larger hand tools that didn??™t necessarily fit into our already proven line of closed-top tool bags. Also, the more people used our products, the more we heard about a ???system??? that people have developed of using our bags for task oriented jobs.
For example ??“ when a lot of guys get to a job site they may be looking forward to a day of finish carpentry. They go into the back of their truck and load up a tool bag with only the tools that they??™ll need for that task on that day. Then at the end of the day the tools are unloaded back into the truck. The next day could be spent framing at a different site. The OT line supports this type of task oriented use, where security is not an issue, with easy access to your tools stored vertically.
These highly functional open bags provide ample space and pockets to organize, store and transport hand tools, power tools and job related gear.
The OT- LC tool bag features 40 pockets of varying size and has a capacity of over 50 hand tools and assorted gear. The OT-LC is perfect as a job specific bag or for tasks that don??™t require large tools and bulky gear. The OT-LC features reinforced, industrial strength leather edging, two removable tool pockets and a heavy duty shoulder strap. Measures- 9.5"W x 13.5"L x 12"H (17"H Handle Up). Learn more about the OT-LC...
The OT- XL tool bag is an all purpose tool and gear hauling open bag which features 44 pockets of varying size and has a capacity of over 80 hand tools and assorted gear. The OT-XL is the perfect for multi-purpose jobs and has ample open storage area for larger tools and bulkier items. The OT-XL features reinforced, industrial strength leather edging, two removable tool pockets and a heavy duty shoulder strap. Measures- 9.5"W x 16.5"L x 13"H (18"H Handle Up). Learn more about the OT-XL...
Built for maximum tool and gear hauling, the OT-XXL features 62 pockets and one large open storage bay for hand saws, a 2??™ level, ripping bars, framing square and whatever else might be needed. The OT-XXL carries a big payload and can hold over 100 hand tools and additional gear. The OT-XXL features reinforced, industrial strength leather edging, two removable tool pockets, dedicated spot for a framing square and a heavy duty shoulder strap. Measures- 9.5"W x 25.5"L x 12.5"H (17"H Handle Up). Learn more about the OT-XXL...
We hope these bags will become as integral a part of your work as your other tools and help make your craft more enjoyable. Please let us know what you think of the new line??¦we rely on our customers for our best feedback!
We were trolling the web the other day and found a great review of our products over at www.ToolMonger.com. Check out the site if you are into tools. It is a blog with tons of different tool reviews, and what we like most is that most of the reviews are heavily commented on by the reader community. We even got some good ideas to think about regarding improvements to our bags!
We get a lot of email and letters from you folks in the field telling us how you use our product, what you like, and what you don't like about VETO PRO PAC. Well we figured why not help us SEE how you use our product in the field!?
Email us your pictures of you using your VETO PRO PAC tool bag out in the field. If the pictures are of decent quality we post them here on our site. See the examples below and thanks very much to Wendel, Dale & Patrick for sending us these excellent pictures.
Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a great shot of Wendel Kiser of Kiser Construction (right) and Dale Orth of D.O. Designs (left) and their VETO PRO PACs. (Click the images for larger versions)
Here is another shot of Wendel, this time with Patrick Pulluca of Sutter Wood Construction & Electric. Notice that Patrick has kicked it up a notch sporting the VETO PRO PAC ball cap - Looking good guys!