Production Update and Timeline Changes
Denver was covered in snow last week, but Caden and I are already dreaming of summer and the trips we'll take with our JOEE. We look forward to opening our coolers to find neatly-packed food, fresh ice, and cold drinks to enjoy outdoors.
At this time, we have good news and bad news.
The good news is that JOEE will ship in time for summer. The bad news is that production hiccups have forced us to push back our ship date.
If you're a manufacturing and production nerd like me, read on.
Errors in the mold led to critical issues and we've brought in experts to help
Back in June 2018, we hired Visser Precision to design and build the mold for JOEE. They're a local company based in Denver, Colorado, and they've done a fantastic job laying the groundwork for production. But unfortunately, there were still some errors that led to critical issues. Most significantly, the mold gets excessive heat near the top where the plastic is poured. Currently, the mold is so hot that it re-bakes the plastic, resulting in flaws.
To resolve the issue, we contracted molding experts from a California company called INCOE. These folks design and manufacture performance-driven hot runner systems for all types of injection moldable plastic materials. They’re a global company that’s still 100% family-owned and sells to the likes of GE, Tier One Automotive, Coleman and others.
What does this mean for JOEE?
The mold is expected to be delivered this week. As soon as it's delivered, our manufacturing partner America West expects to begin full production of JOEE so we can begin shipping in March.
So, I’ll have my JOEE in time for outdoor adventures this summer?
Yes, JOEE will still arrive in plenty of time for the summer!
Staying true to our values
We’ve learned a lot about the challenges that come with building a large plastic-injected part. Our goal, all along, has been to stay true to our values and create a product that’s affordable, made in America, and healthy for the environment.
Like all startups, we’ve frequently had our values put to the test. But when it comes to some things, we’re not willing to compromise. We remain solid on our campaign promise to keep JOEE made in America, to use the best material we can possibly find, and to stay true to our lifetime warranty.
My #1 lesson learned
Through the process of creating JOEE, my son and I have had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people. My #1 tip for inventors and entrepreneurs is to always ask for help. We filmed the commercial for JOEE with a production company called Mighteor, hired an independent photographer for the product shots, and worked with the marketing professionals at Crowdfunding Strategy & Information to launch and run our Kickstarter campaign. The experts at INCOE and America West will help us bring JOEE to the finish line.
I've heard many nightmare stories about startups, but I wouldn't trade this experience for any pleasure in the world. I've learned that I'm made of tougher stuff than I previously thought, and I'm deeply grateful for you and everyone who has believed in JOEE through it all.
Thank you for your patience and please reach out with any questions. We'd love to hear from you.
Gene and Caden