Robert Kundel Jr

Psalm 23:1-4

1. The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.

2. He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.

3. He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

4. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Inventor's Story

Born and raised in the rust belt of NE Ohio, Robert began working for his father's business Kundel Industries Inc., a manufacturer of trench shoring products, at the age of sixteen. During his teen years, Robert found great interest in understanding how things worked and he spent much time repairing his own cars as he grew into his twenties along with repairing his own appliances and household items as he grew in his mechanical skill set.

Again, by living in the rust belt Robert was always surrounded by rust, not only on the cars he drove, but the metal he worked with at Kundel Industries. Eventually Robert grew into the role of COO of Kundel Cranes, a division of Kundel Industries. With the added responsibilities Robert was always looking to reduce cost and one of the their largest expenses was rust removal or surface prep prior to welding or painting. Driven to find a solution Robert searched for an affordable hand held solution but was unable to find one so he took it upon himself to build his own with the help of fellow employee Richard Schley a former tool and die employee of Delphi Packard Electric.

Having successfully built a fully functional and effective prototype Robert shared his patented invention with a tool company at a trade show in Chicago, IL and the tool was flown to Germany for review. The company had made Robert an offer on his invention, but he declined feeling that it was not the right direction for him. Soon after, his tool went from one power tool manufacturer to another and generated great interest due to its great potential in the metal prep and wood sanding markets, but for one reason or another Robert's invention was either delayed, dismissed as being too niche or viewed as not having a significant market potential.  Nearly six years later and countless months of frustration Robert was introduced to Matt Gennari of Gennari Consulting.  Matt having more than 20 plus years of experience in the power tool industry while working at Stanley Black & Decker and now working at Jinding Electric Tools Matt recognized the tremendous potential in the tool.  For a year and a half Matt and Robert worked tirelessly with the team at Jinding, along with help from friends in the power tool industry, to develop, test and refine the tool to what it is today.  After seven years from Robert's initial prototype, through Matt's help, he signed a reverse brand license agreement with John Cunningham and the licensing team with Stanley Black and Decker under the brand names Porter-Cable and Black+Decker and now he owns the rights to use those brand names as he sells his invention, now called the Restorer, online and into major retailers. In 2017 the Restorer will also be coming to market in Latin America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Always having the feeling of being called to something so much bigger than working for his family's business, Robert began praying for God to reveal his will to him. On May 18, 2012 God placed a call on Robert's life to build a one-of-a-kind pastoral retreat center to be located in the Charlotte, NC area and to be dedicated to the restoration of pastors worldwide. Robert is dedicating the proceeds from the sale of his tool, aptly named the Restorer, to do just that. He explains that he named the tool the RESTORER after Jesus because Jesus is the restorer of our souls and is able to take the old and make it new again just like his tool invention. Don't forget Jesus was a carpenter and the Restorer is a carpenter's tool!


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