We were first introduced to the concept of the baking nail back in January 2003 while my wife Kimberly and I were attending the Builder's show in Las Vegas while visiting a fastener manufacturer's booth. I had been dealing with the manufacturer prior to this visit in regards to their stainless steel nails and screws for an alternative book I was working on as well as an alternative building I was constructing.
The sales rep was showing my wife these stainless steel nails and was explaining how these would make great baking nails. When all of sudden out of left field as my wife is looking at the nails she says, "Spud Spikes would be a great trade name for marketing this product."
So there you have it—Spud Spikes was born and was put into production under our specification, manufactured in the U.S., and was put on our site on asktooltalk.com for purchase by the middle of 2003.
In 2007 SpudSpikes.com was launched to better market the product and in 2008 we received our registered trademark for Spud Spikes. There is all kind of imitations baking nail products out there but we have lots of satisfied customers that enjoy using the original stainless steel baking nail.
C.R.S., Inc. a Washington state corporation that owns SpudSpikes.com. The guiding force behind C.R.S., Inc. is Leon A. Frechette, President who's been in the forefront since 1976. Leon and Kimberly personally have been associated with the Spud Spike brand and products since 2003.
As an author of seven books about remodeling and construction, he has spent over thirty years in this industry and has written over 100 articles for over a dozen magazines. He has toured home and garden shows in the U.S. and Canada with his popular "ToolTALK" and "ToolTALK for Women" presentations and also fielded questions for a weekly newspaper column for over two years. As the Tool Pro Leon provides the expertise and experience behind all products selected and offered on all websites under the C.R.S., Inc. umbrella.
At C.R.S., Inc. and SpudSpikes.com, our mission is to provide the very best in products that can help our customer's in their daily activities and baking projects.