Richard Grove, Wall Control (North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 426)
A third-generation family member in senior management at Wall Control, Richard joined host John Ray to share how Wall Control grew and evolved from a small tool & die shop to a manufacturer of the best wall-mounted storage system available. Richard also announced a new Business RadioX-produced show, Organization Conversation, which will feature Wall Control customers, strategic partners, professional organizers, and other authorities in the world of organizing. North Fulton Business Radio is broadcast from the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX® inside Renasant Bank in Alpharetta.
Wall Control is committed to being the industry leader in pegboard style storage & organization. Simply put, no other tool storage system can match the quality, versatility, and value of the award-winning Wall Control System.
Our commitment to quality is not only reflected in our product but is also evident in our practices. We strive to do right by our customers every day, starting at product design conception and continuing through with superb product and customer support.
Being committed to quality means keeping a close eye on product production to be sure that the Wall Control values are stamped into every panel and accessory that is produced. We achieve this by manufacturing our entire product line here, in the USA.
The Wall Control story begins in 1968 in a small tool & die shop just outside Atlanta, Georgia. The first of three generations began their work in building a family-based US manufacturer with little more than hard work and the American Dream.
Over the past 50+ years, this family business has continued to grow and expand from what was once a small tool & die shop into an award-winning US manufacturer of products ranging from automobile components to satellite panels and now, the best wall-mounted tool storage system available today, Wall Control.
The Wall Control brand launched in 2003, and is a family-owned and operated business that not only produces a high-quality American Made product but sees the entire design, production, and distribution process happen under our own roof in Tucker, Georgia. Under that same roof, you’ll still find 3 generations of American Manufacturing hard at work to bring you the best tool storage products available today.
The award-winning and affordable Wall Control pegboard storage system solves six main wall-mounted storage challenges better than any other system available today: Durability, Strength, Versatility, Ease of Installation, Attractive Appearance, and Value.
Clean And Efficient Pegboard Tool Storage
Durability – Our strong metal pegboard prevents the peg holes from fraying and wearing out over time. Traditional pegboard panels start out ugly, wear out quickly, and eventually, the pegboard hooks no longer stay engaged in their peg hole and will fall out when the tool is removed. Our panel face, manufactured in the US from 20 gauge steel, ensures that Wall Control’s system will last a lifetime; many times longer than traditional pegboard products.
Strength – Traditional pegboard is weak by nature due to the material it is made from. The strength of steel, combined with a formed flange around the perimeter, and our One-Piece Installation pegboard make our metal pegboard panels over 10 times stronger than conventional pegboard and more secure than any other metal pegboard system. More strength equals more storage. Wall Control Pegboard also mounts directly to the wall requiring no cleat or rail system to be installed first. This “Direct to Wall” pegboard mounting system is inherently more secure than other mounting systems because the panel is not “hanging” off of any rail or cleat and the Flush-With-Wall return flanges on Wall Control Pegboards allow the installation screw head to snug up tight with solid panel-to-wall contact removing all torque from the installation screw, ensuring a secure installation for heavy lifting.
Versatile and Easy To Install Pegboard Design
Versatility – Our unique “Combo” style panels allow the user the option of utilizing 1/4 in traditional pegboard hooks as well as our own patented, much more secure, “double offset” hook and slot design. Wall Control’s metal panels are also magnetic so you can attach all your magnetic accessories, a truly encompassing omni tool wall storage organization system. Engineered for both secure engagement and ease of movement, Wall Control’s Hooks, Brackets, Shelves, and Accessories will install easily and stay put. The versatility of these storage panels is also highlighted by the all-steel shelving system that Wall Control panels support. Finally, a pegboard system that has the ability to support substantial weight on a matching, integrated shelving system.
Ease of installation – Wall Control installs in minutes. Wall Control panels offer a simple One-Piece Installation, simply mount the panels directly to the wall and you’re done. Ease of installation was a key criterion during the design phase of this pegboard system. Manufactured with a built-in flange on all four sides, the Wall Control storage panel requires no pre-built framework and mounts directly to any flat surface. The flange spaces the panel’s perforated face away from the wall so that the hooks, brackets, and shelves will engage with no wasted area. The convenient 16″x32″ standard size and modular design make it easy to handle and a snap to install. If you have traditional 16″ stud spacing, you can hit studs all the way down your wall with Wall Control’s brilliant mounting hole instructions. If not, have no worries, we include drywall anchors as well, so hitting studs is not required, although obviously preferred, if possible.
Attractive Appearance – Available in eight durable, scratch-resistant, powder-coated colors as well as a very reflective and attractive metallic galvanized finish, Wall Control Storage Systems truly are suitable for use in any location wall-mounted storage is desired in the home, office, or workplace. These high-quality finishes resist rust and stains and even wipe clean with a damp rag. When you combine sleek design with a high-quality finish, you can’t go wrong.
Affordability & Value – Simply put, no other system on the market offers the affordability and value of a Wall Control Pegboard Storage System.
For years Wall Control storage systems have been and continue to be the industry leader when it comes to pegboard tool storage and organization, and for good reason, but don’t take our word for it. We encourage you to check out our online product reviews from reputable places like Amazon and Home Depot to see for yourself that our products truly are in a league of their own when it comes to quality, versatility, value, customer service, and ultimately, customer satisfaction.
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Richard Grove, COO, Wall Control
Richard Grove is the COO of Wall Control, a family-owned and operated brand of Wall Storage and Organization Systems ranging from Garage Tool Storage to Kitchen Wall Organizers and even Industrial Tool Organizational Systems for industry-leading Fortune 100 companies across the globe.
Richard’s background is in engineering but what he enjoys most is brand building through relationships and creative marketing. Richard began his career with the Department of Defense as an engineer on the C-5 Galaxy Engineering Team based out of Warner Robins. While Richard found this experience both rewarding and fulfilling, he always knew deep down that he wanted to return to the small family business that originally triggered his interest in engineering.
Richard came to work for the family business, Dekalb Tool & Die, in 2008 as a Mechanical Engineer. At the time Wall Control was little more than a small ‘side hustle’ for Dekalb Tool & Die to try to produce some incremental income. There were no “Wall Control” employees, just a small warehouse with a single tool and die maker that would double as an “order fulfillment associate” on the occasion that the original WallControl.com website, which Richard’s grandmother built, pulled in an order.
Shortly after Richard arrived in 2008 the economy took a turn for the worse. Much of the work Dekalb Tool & Die was holding on to was leaving the shop to go to Mexico, China, or some other offshore source. Seemingly overnight it became apparent that in order for the family business to survive they were going to have to produce their own branded product at scale to ensure jobs remained in-house and for the business to continue to move forward. Richard then turned his attention from tool and die to Wall Control to attempt this necessary pivot and his story with Wall Control began. Since that time, Richard has led Wall Control to significant growth while navigating two recessions.
Today Wall Control is responsible for the employment of 50+ employees and occupies a 60,000+ square foot physical footprint of its own while still growing rapidly. Wall Control is also proud to say that they are now Dekalb Tool & Die’s biggest customer by volume sold through their shop.
Outside of Richard’s work at Wall Control he enjoys helping other business owners, operators, and entrepreneurs along their own paths to success by offering personal business coaching and advising through his website ConsultantSmallBusiness.com. Richard has developed an expansive and unique skillset growing and scaling Wall Control through a multitude of challenges to the successful brand and company it is today. Richard is happy to share his knowledge and experience with others who are looking to do the same within their own businesses.
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Questions and Topics Discussed in this Episode
- Tell us about Wall Control and how it began
- Who uses your products?
- Is this a custom system?
- What is Organization Conversation?
- Tell us about Workbench Con
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