Thursday, June 26, 2014

Product Ideas & Inventions

Mt. Pelia Innovative Solutions LLC would be pleased to partner with you in the design and development of your product or idea.

We have experience in machine and product design as well as manufacturing in the U.S. and overseas. Company owner, John Cole, is a licensed professional Mechanical Engineer with graduate degrees in Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering from the University of Kentucky. We have high-tech 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software and also own a 3D printer which can be used to produce small scale parts and prototypes using plastic.

We look forward to hearing from you regarding your idea. Please drop us a note via our Contact Us page. Include a short description of your product or idea.

We want to work with you to see if your product can be turned into a marketable product. We can provide a Non-Disclosure Agreement to protect both parties, if desired, before we hear about your idea.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bird Control Robots

We are still working on commercializing the patented technology we licensed from LSU AgCenter a few years ago. In fact, a good amount of progress has been made in the programming portion of the program over the last few weeks. We hope to have a system, which will be tethered, not autonomous, out for some tests runs in the next few weeks.

From there we will see what interest develops and proceed to work on the fully autonomous and/or remote controlled versions. We already have computer hardware and software lined up for autonomous navigation, which will be Arduino based. We have a hardware (motors, remote controller) platform on the drawing board.

I ran across a interesting article covering the South Korean bird scaring robot that has been in development by their military.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New Year.... Let's get something done!

2014 is in full swing now. I have put my first semester as a Lecturer of Agriculture at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the books.  I started there full-time in August of 2013. I have been teaching several courses in Agricultural Engineering Technology, classes on irrigation, hydraulics and ag engineering.  W teach some of these and more beginning this week.

Our first year operating the Lee Manufacturing Company also came to a close on December 31, 2013. We added the business as a "part" of Mt. Pelia Innovative Solutions LLC (it is actually named as a secondary name or dba of Mt. Pelia). The year went well, with hardly any loss of sales volume from the previous owner. Many lessons were learned and we even managed to turn a very small profit after the government gets its share.  I think 2014 will bring some solid improvements and hopefully a better profit. We are working on getting our corn cutters and pea shellers into some larger stores and markets.  We also hope to develop some new products that we can add to our lineup, maybe with a better profit margin.

As far as Mt. Pelia Innovative Solutions goes, not much materialized in 2013. Many projects were visualized and placed on the drawing board, but with the addition of the Lee portion of the business, most of the projects were put on the back burner. Especially when I began work at the university.

Some projects we are looking at are:

1. bird scaring robotic boat (licensed from LSU a few years back)
2. propane cannon (bird scaring product)
3. duck decoy (motorized)
4. numerous bird scaring devices
5. lots of websites
6. nutcracker devices

There are others too. Plus I do some periodic consulting for other companies.

I'm also working with the university to design and install a small irrigation system at a local farm for vegetable plots.  Good project, jut not much time to do it.

We lease a warehouse over in Union City to handle storage of our products.  I would like to in the next year or so get a structure ready to be able to house everything here in Martin. The photo below shows the inside of the Union City warehouse with not much in it, early last year.
I would like to get one of the big barns on our property fixed up enough to use it. It is a barn that was once used for equipment storage, tractors and maybe hay.  It is in bad shape now, but could possibly be repaired enough to get by. I might put in a gravel floor, as it is now dirt, and put in a gravel driveway up to it.  The big problem is unloading semi-trucks.  Maybe a good all-terrain fork truck can be found or possibly a skid steer with forks. That will be something to look out for this year.  

There is much to do this year. We hope this is the year that Mt. Pelia Innovative Solutions LLC will begin to really spread it's wings.  There is much to do....................

Monday, April 29, 2013

Lee Mfg Co off and running.....

We are proud to report that Lee Manufacturing Company is off to a great start in 2013.  This year has marked a transfer of the company business from Newt Weeks in Dallas, TX to the Cole family in Martin, TN.  We are learning what it takes to keep orders filled.  We are learning what to do and what not to do.  Some things have worked, other have not.  It's great to be able to provide people with products that will make gardening and preparing fresh produce easier and more enjoyable.  We've added a ton of new products to our website,  Many of these are products that we do not produce, but are authorized distributors of, including our line of cherry pitters and garden tools.  We look forward to experimenting with new and innovative products and seeing how they fit into the mix.  This is an exciting time for Lee Manufacturing, the Cole family and Mt. Pelia Innovative Solutions LLC.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lee Manufacturing Company

The New Year rang in with a new addition to Mt. Pelia Innovative Solutions.  We are officially running Lee Manufacturing Company.  Check out the website at  We also have a Facebook fan page at  The former owner, Newt Weeks, is still incorporated in Dallas, TX, where the business has been operated from since 1939.  We have simply added "Lee Manufacturing Company" as an assumed name to our current business.  That was the easiest way to handle the changeover for now.
Most of the inventory from Dallas, TX was hauled to Union City, TN in early December. Below is a pic of myself and Newt Weeks outside his old warehouse on Virgo Lane in Dallas.  The Budget truck was fully loaded and at this point I am just about ready to jump into the truck for the long drive back to Tennessee.
Lee Manufacturing Company

Newt Weeks

The photo immediately above is a close-up of Newt.  He has started a new website that I hope you will check out, . 

This is going to be an exciting year for our little company.  We anticipate that this new venture will be a springboard into a full-time family run business based at our small "hobby farm" in Martin, TN.  The warehouse we have leased, which happens to be out by the Discovery Park of America in Union City, TN, is full with products to be distributed across the nation to hardware stores, farm stores and online customers.  We have plans to add several more products to the website as spring approaches.  Keep an eye out for a totally AMERICAN MADE version of the ever popular 101-P wooden corn cutter.  

As we progress, this year should see some activity on the front as well. We have several new websites on the drawing board, including .   Don't forget our popular website for anything and everything about pecans.  Feel free to use Pinterest to "pin" one of our recipes.  I recommend: . This is my grandmother's recipe and it is the BEST!!!

Please visit our websites, like us on facebook and recommend our Lee products to your garden-minded friends and family!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lee Manufacturing Company

We are adding a new "division" to our business.  Over the coming months the current business of The Lee Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Dallas, TX will be transitioned over to Mt. Pelia Innovative Solutions LLC (dba Lee Manufacturing Company).  This will involve leasing a warehouse in northwest TN in preparation of the arrival of a large shipment of corn cutters and pea shellers.  Look for some updates to the current website, along with some great new products.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pecans are falling!!!

Pecan season is here!  Our Pecan Broom is selling briskly.  This heavy duty pecan picker upper is available on our website at  You can pick one up via a secure Paypal payment and it will be delivered right to your door.  No more bending and kneeling to gather up fallen pecans.  Saves your back and drastically speeds up your pecan harvest.  Repair parts are available when needed.

We are also distributors for the world famous Reed's Rocket Nut Cracker.  These devices have been around for years and are great for cracking a wide variety of soft shelled nuts.  Get yours today at  It is a old-fashioned, hand-powered nut cracker that will work great with a little elbow grease.