Did you know there's a product that keeps your coffee at just the right temperature? The product is actually manufactured locally, and featured on tonight's episode of the reality show, 'Shark Tank.' As our Andrew Sorensen tells us, they're heating up coffee and a local manufacturing plant.
SHERRILL, N.Y. -- A little over a year and half ago, Sherrill Manufacturing went dark in an all too familiar story.
"We had basically shut our factory down," co-owner and president Matthew Roberts said.
Only a few people like Roberts were the remains of a massive plant.
"We were a manufacturer for some large flatware companies for a number of years and they moved all of their product overseas," Roberts explained.
And then when they needed it most, what came along but a magic bean - and what's grown out of it since, you wouldn't believe.
"They're two young engineers, and they came up with this idea in the cellar of their parents' house," said Roberts.
A video on the website Kickstarter starts out, "I'm Dave and these are Joulies. My friend Dave and I have been working on coffee Joulies for the past nine months."
There's no Jack in this beanstalk tale, just two Daves who needed a manufacturer, this Kickstarter video, and metal beans meant to cool down a cup of joe so you don't burn your mouth.
"Then when the coffee would normally cool off," the first Dave explains, "the heat that was captured inside the Joulie is released, actually keeping your coffee warm for twice as long."
The response to their video sprouted too many orders to handle alone, leading them to Roberts when they saw an episode of 'How it's Made' featuring Sherrill's knife production.
"Being two young mechanical engineers, they recognized immediately that that equipment can make our Joulies," Roberts said.
The seed they planted has grown with their perfect partnership. Sherrill has even brought on six more employees just to make Joulies.
"It gives us a sense of pride, to be part of the team with Dave and Dave," Roberts said.
Sherrill has also gotten back into the flatware business, but this time, it's theirs, and it's not going anywhere but up.
Sherrill Manufacturing is hoping the sales of Joulies increase after the product's appearance on ABC's 'Shark Tank.'
But they say the Joulies are selling just fine on their own.