Columbus fighter-jet mechanic’s company valued at $1.2M on Shark Tank

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Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

Inventor Tom Burden landed a deal with three of Shark Tank’s deep-pocketed investors that values his invention startup at $1.2 million.

The former fighter-jet mechanic has sold more than 20,000 of his Grypmat non-skid tool mats in aviation circles and is seeking wider distribution in auto-parts stores. His pitch on the ABC show aired Sunday.

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Originally published November 15, 2017.

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