As we expand our innovation center to Sparks 2.0 we want to reintroduce the inventors we currently partner with and share more of their personal stories. This post is part of a series that not only explores our inventors and their products, but shares details about their passions outside of electricity.
We’re happy to introduce you to Doug Hill (or reintroduce, if you’ve been reading since 2011!), inventor of MC Supports, MC Cable Dispenser and co-inventor of Clip-It, a MC and pipe support system. Working in the trades since 1970, Doug has more than 40 years of experience as a contractor. Impressively, he also started his own contracting business in 1998 and later formed a business that built high-end custom dentist offices (Quite the array of accomplishments!). Doug now works with the Sparks Innovation Center and concentrates on developing innovative products for the electrical industry.
Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife, four children and eight grandchildren. They are his main focus and source of joy in his life.
We asked Doug some quick questions so you can get to know him better. Check out his answers below!
Q1: Describe yourself with one sentence.
My father told me work hard every day for your family…so that’s what I do and who I am.
Q2: What is your innovative product(s)?
MC Supports, MC Cable Dispenser
Q3: How did you come up with the idea?
Using a plastic bottle cap to incorporate our patented rifling to hold MC Cable
Q4: Are you working to develop more products?
Just completed our new 2000’ MC twin spool Cart
Q5: What did you enjoy most about working with Madison?
It can be frustrating when you’re working with large companies to get things accomplished. But at Madison, it is more like a family. If you need to talk to the president, pick up the phone and call him.
Q6: What is your proudest accomplishment?
Q7: What’s something people are surprised to learn about you?
Even though I’ve spent most of my life as a contractor, my favorite business is an Ice Cream shop I own with my daughter.
Q8: What’s your favorite movie?
Cool Hand Luke
Q9: What’s your favorite movie quote?
What we have here is a failure to communicate
Q10: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?