Poly-Tools got it's sales start in December of 1999 when one of the first bead rollers made here at Poly-Tools was listed on eBay. Gale and I (Sue) of Poly-Tools, Inc. were both wood workers by hobby. When our daughter needed something to help her form really round beads, she thought perhaps we could make something for her. We did, and it worked. Once our round bead roller, made of wood and PVC pipe, was made and listed on eBay, a business was born! Note: Gales journey on this earth ended December 31, 2011.
A team is created when a business is starting up, all the different people who lend a hand one way or another. We have had so much good help along the way, sometimes it felt as though the business took on a life of its own and we were just here to lend a hand.
I belong to a local clay guild, Blue Highways Polymer Clay Guild. I began going soon after it was first getting organized, just to accompany our daughter! That was before Poly-Tools began.
I love being involved in something that helps stimulate peoples creativity, and help provide tools to accomplish projects. Although I don't have a background in art, I have always loved to work with crafts, and I am, admittedly, a tool junkie. Having the right tools to accomplish my mission of the day has always been important, so providing them to bead makers seems to fit.
The products we have had injection molded are made in Springfield, IL by American Springfield Tooling and Molding, and the metal work we have done for bead racks is accomplished at Harlan and Lash Machining in Champaign, IL. We appreciate them! Not all businesses were willing to work with a new start up business.