CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Products invented by West Virginians may be headed to Walmart shelves nationwide. Two local inventions made it to the second round of Walmart's "Get On The Shelf" contest.
Beckley-based Vaught, Inc. and Teays Valley resident Kermit Monk uploaded videos explaining their products and must now wait to see if they advance to the final round. In the current audition round, products are voted on by visitors to Walmart's website. People can continue to vote until Sept. 2.
Monk, 93, a building contractor who prides himself on making any job easier, wants to make sure people don't get scalded while showering.
His product called Scald Me Not, invented with the help of his son, Gary, adopts the same principle as a thermostat in a car.
The small piece attaches to a showerhead. When a person showers and another household appliance such as a clothes washer or bathroom toilet uses a large amount of cold water to function, the Scald Me Not attachment will block the flow of water that exceeds 112 degrees.
"I said I'm going to find some way to not get scalded," said Monk. "You have to find a need for something. You can't just invent something there's no need for."
Currently, Monk advertises and sells his product in person. Winning the competition would enable him to reach a broader consumer base. His product would sell for about $20 or $30.