A device to prevent washing machine hoses from failing and a gizmo for winding up cords, straps and other items won a product contest in southeast Idaho.
Brent Singley of Inkom won the $2,000 first prize in the collegiate track of the 2014 BIG - Business, Innovation and Growth - competition at Idaho State University in Pocatello. His StopFlood Systems invention takes pressure off washer hoses by regulating flow to the hoses outside the washer.
Singley said. "In the United States, the flooding caused by failed washer hoses causes $200 million in damage annually."
Craig Jorgensen of Pocatello won in the community track for his MultiWinder invention for straps, cords, ropes, cables and more.
The contest featured more than $5,000 in prizes for winners in the two tracks. More than 40 teams originally entered and 23 finished the entry process.
The competition was sponsored by Idaho National Laboratory, ISU, Grow Idaho Falls, Bannock Development, the Eastern Idaho Economic Development Council and Riverbend Communications.