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The Boston Globe

Food & dining

He invented the perfect paper towel dispenser

Build a better paper towel dispenser, and the world will beat a path to your door.

That, at any rate, is the hope of John Erdman, a dedicated problem solver who’s good with his hands and has an eye for design. The problem he set out to solve some four years ago was one that few have tackled, let alone recognized as a problem: How to dispense paper towels, one a time, using only one hand. Erdman, who works as a sales director for a company that makes electric car charging stations, and calls himself a “major foodie,” constantly found himself frustrated as he attempted to, say, grab a towel while handling raw poultry. He located a few one-handed dispensers on the market, but none met his high standards.

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