Trunk Blocks were created all because of a half bottle of windshield washer fluid. Growing up in Michigan, almost every driver has a half a bottle of washer fluid in their trunk rattling around. The weather here really changes a lot, rain in the morning snow in the afternoon and almost anything in the evening. So washer fluid is a must have in this state…..trust me.
The idea started to come together when I found a piece of covered foam in my trunk with a tiny strip of attached Velcro (light bulb) I put it against the washer fluid and it stayed in place…….my brain was off and Trunk Blocks were born.
I blame my father because he always made my brother and I think carefully before we took on a task. He was the old dude in garage figuring ways to get a team of work done with just two boys. I hated it at the time but I thank him now because he is the reason my creative mind works the way it does today. My background was in broadcasting which I did for over 20 years and during that time inventing things was always a part of my life ….(sarcastically) thanks again Dad.
I made and sold Blocks for a few years then forgot about it and moved on to other projects. Then about 5 years ago my mom found a bag of blocks in the basement and said she needed a pair and if I wanted the others. The first Blocks were much smaller and they were foam covered in a corduroy style material , ha ha ha yes I said corduroy. Funny I know but they still worked, after sitting a bag for years the Trunk Blocks still worked just as good as the day I made them.
I updated the size, put larger Velcro pads on the bottom and wrapped them in a automotive grade car interior material. Now it has a much cleaner look. Please stay tuned because we plan on providing the option for our customers to create a more personalized styled Block in the near future.
I still love taking an idea from a passing thought to a functional product. Actually Trunk Blocks was one of my very first and best ideas that eventually turned into a product for sale.
Some people look at this product and say “it’s just a piece of foam with Velcro” and they’re right but I feel it is that and so much more. If you think about it, toilet paper is just treated paper on a roll but once you use it you never want to be caught without it…..just like Trunk Blocks!
I get feedback on what I like to call “Trunk Block stories” all the time. Here’s one I like to tell…..
I have a friend who left her blocks in the car when she turned in her lease vehicle. I told her I’d get her another pair but she wouldn’t have it, she wanted “that” pair. It took her two weeks of phone calls and follow ups but she chased down her blocks and got them back. It really makes me smile to know thats how people feel about our product once they use it.
Trunk Blocks are made in Michigan but more important to us is all the elements that bring this product together come from the Detroit metro area “The Motor City” and I’m very proud of that. Shout out to Detroit Sewn who assembles and sews the blocks together and I wouldn’t have gotten to this point without them.
If you drive, ride or transport anything in you vehicle then this is the product for you and everyone you know. Thank you in advance and we can’t wait to hear your Trunk Block stories too.