Dealing with Dragons

Photo courtesy Braaamp

An innovation created by a pair of local brothers has received national attention after a successful appearance on the CBC reality show Dragon’s Den.

Donny and Dean Jackow, who own and operate Dee-Jacks Custom Welding on North Industrial Drive, debuted their three-in-one ramp, flat deck and trailer that can be loaded by one person.

Called the Braaamp, the device fits any make, model and size of pick-up truck. The patent-pending design allows users to remove their tailgate and connect through a few bushings and adapters to the “simplest, safest 8’ to 14’ tilting flat deck load ramp on the market,” the Braaamp website says.

The Braaamp transforms into a 8’ by 14’ trailer without the need for any tools.

It’s built right here in Prince Albert at the Dee-Jacks Custom Welding shop.

In the Dragon’s Den episode, which aired Wednesday night, the Jackow brothers shook hands with Boston Pizza and Mr. Lube franchise baron Jim Treliving, and with Calgary-native and Buytopia founder Michele Romanow.

The Jackow brothers made a deal for $150,000 for a 10 per cent royalty until the Dragons get their money back, at which point the royalty becomes two per cent forever.

Going into the episode, the Jackows had sold every single one of their prototypes, already had interest from businesses in Ontario.

While money has yet to be exchanged outside of the show, the exposure has led to an influx of calls to the Prince Albert location and tons of positive feedback on social media.

For more on this story, please see the March 10 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald.