Loveland entrepreneurs put home-improvement product on the market
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LOVELAND — Two longtime friends in the painting business are learning what it takes to turn a great idea into a successful product.

Matt Shoup, founder of Loveland-based M&E Painting, and Dave Sward, a production manager at M&E, put Sward’s Pirate Patch drywall texture tool invention on the market last fall, and they’re looking at exponential growth this year.

Shoup and Sward, both Loveland High School graduates, have worked together for years. “He’d always come to me with these silly ideas,” Shoup said, such as attaching something to a paintbrush to keep the paint from running.

Pirate Patch

What: A tool that helps homeowners and contractors match the texture on a drywall patch to the texture on the rest of the wall.

Where: The Pirate Patch is available in about 50 stores, including Ace Hardware stores in Northern Colorado. It’s also sold at

Cost: The tool itself sells for $ 19.99, and a kit with the tool, a putty knife and a bag of drywall compound costs $ 24.99.

Contact: Call 888-988-RIRY (7479).

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AG seeks restitution from home improvement company
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office filed a lawsuit Monday in Butler County Common Pleas Court seeking more than $ 25,000 in restitution for each consumer allegedly defrauded by two Trenton men.

The suit claims that Jacob Wagers and James Sasser, both of Trenton, — doing business as Ohio Insurance Assessments, a roofing and siding company with an office in Hamilton — failed to deliver work on several occasions and did not provide refunds to consumers.

“Ohio has laws to protect consumers and when they are harmed by poor workmanship or receive nothing at all for their money, we will take action to enforce those laws,” DeWine said.

The suit contends that the two men solicited business door-to-door and accepted payments for repair and construction projects in several Ohio counties, including Butler County. In addition to not performing any work, in other instances the work performed was shoddy and the quality of products used was poorer than what consumers had been told would be provided.

Consumers were also not notified by the defendants of their right to cancel, a violation of the Ohio’s Home Sales Solicitation Act, according to the lawsuit.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office advises consumers when hiring someone for home improvement or repair work, a written contract should be signed by the consumer and contractor. The contract s…………… continues on WHIO Radio

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