(7-8-17) 2009 Celina grad Tom Burden is living the American dream. His Gryphshon Grypmat that he has invented and designed is starting to make a national impact.

Burden started Grypshon Industries in 2013, as an Air Force Member/University of Toledo college student. His training as an F-16 Weapons Mechanic and Mechanical Engineering Student, Burden showcased the Grypmat to the judges at the Toledo Startup Weekend and won first prize. Having spent over three years prototyping and testing, the Grypmat received  positive feedback from mechanics and tool users. In just 30 days on Kickstarter Burden was able to raise over $113,000 with over 1,300 backers.

Grypshon Industries Founder Tom Burden:

“Working as a mechanic in the United States Air Force, I grew increasingly tired of not having my tools within easy reach when working on top of the aircraft – tool loss and missing hardware was a constant problem, and I nearly fell off the plane chasing a sliding tool! I invented the Grypmat to prevent these issues, and to make it easy to keep tools and hardware within comfortable reach – so you can just focus on the work in front of you.”

Tom Burden - 2008
2008 Anilec Pictures – Tom Burden and Jon Clouse

Burden gives some of the credit to the teaching he received at Tri Star Career Compact, with Jon Clouse (CAD) and Rob Menker (Precision Maching):

Mr. Clouse and Mr. Menker were my two Tri Star teachers, both amazing at what they do.

With Mr. Menker’s teachings I learned how to build what I envisioned and with Mr. Clouse he gave me the foundation of getting my vision in a digital form, the first step in bringing it into reality.



What does the future hold for Burden and his products? A possible trip to ABC’s Shark Tank?

Haha! we applied, waiting to hear back!

Making The Grypshon Grypmat