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“Re-Nine Safety LLC was created by Basha High School senior Lee Addis to produce disposable cardboard safety cones.” The Chandler Republic April 13, 2013. Discover the inspiring journey of Lee and how he brought Re-Nine Safety and Target Cones to life. Uncover the complete story behind the creation of these innovative products. Read the article; Basha High senior designs disposable traffic safety cones. Read

Chandler Republic April 13, 2013
Basha High senior designs disposable traffic safety cones 
Basha High senior Lee Addis and his money-saving, disposable traffic cones.
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Cone creation 
Re-Nine Safety LLC was created by Basha High School senior Lee Addis to produce disposable cardboard safety cones. 
The cones are designed to mark dangerous areas and alert drivers to potentially hazardous traffic situations. Another version of the 28-inch cones will have targets printed on them for recreational shooting. 
The cones are cheaper than the rubber versions currently in use. While the traditional, 28-inch cones can sell for about $18 each, Addis said his cardboard cones likely will sell for less than $2 each, wholesale. 
Addis expects the target version to go on sale within the next month. The safety version has yet to receive approval from the Department of Transportation. 
“It has to be reflective for it to be considered for night use,” Addis said. “And for a lot of companies, if you can’t use it at night, it’s of no use for them.” 
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By Weldon B. Johnson
The Republic |
Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:03 AM
Since he was little, Lee Addis of Chandler has been among those who evaluates things he sees and believes there has to be a better way.
Unlike most, however, Addis acted on one of his big ideas. Addis, a senior at Basha High School, has designed a disposable safety cone that soon is expected to be on the market.
The cardboard cones have practical, money-saving applications. They also can be used for target shooting when their work is done.
Addis started thinking about the cones roughly four years ago when he realized how much rubber safety cones cost.
“Let’s say you’re a contractor and you go out and repair a sidewalk or something,” Addis said. “You have to drive out to do the job. But let’s say you leave some cones out there after you’re done. You have to drive back the next day to pick up the cones. If you’ve got four cones at 18 bucks apiece, that’s a bit of money. It’s not just something you want to throw away.”
Addis believed that a cheaper cone that could be thrown away and be environmentally friendly would be better. He told his father, Drue, about the idea, but his father didn’t initially take to it. Addis didn’t give up, however.
“It was kind of cool, but I didn’t know how much of a market there would be for it,” Drue Addis said. “Over the course of a couple of months, he would bring it up here or there. He would point out things like landscapers finishing up a yard or a sidewalk that had been dug up or a patch in the road. He would point those things out and say, ‘That would be a perfect place for them.’ Then I thought, ‘You know, he might have something.’ ”
Taking the cones from concept to production was a lengthy process.
Drue Addis is in sales but did not have experience developing a product. He and his son learned together. That they were both busy — Drue works full time and Lee had school and part-time jobs — lengthened the timeline.
They created two versions from which they chose the one to be produced.
The first cone concept was not practical. It would have required gluing and other steps that would have added to the cost.
“To find a machine to manufacture it was impractical,” Lee Addis said. “We looked for a long time to find a manufacturer to do that. No one would be able to do a 28-inch cone. Plus, our manufacturing cost would have been double or almost triple what this one would cost us to manufacture. It just wasn’t practical for a disposable product. The idea is to get them cheap for a one-time use.”
The final version of the cone does not use glue and will be easier to make. Once they got the design figured out, the next task was to find a manufacturer. Lee initially thought of trying to make the cones himself, but again, it wasn’t practical.
At first they thought a printing company might be the way to go but then discovered that a corrugated-box manufacturer would be more suitable. They selected Tempe-based Canyon State Box & Container after a chance encounter.
“How I found them is I saw a truck driving by loaded up with cardboard boxes,” Drue Addis said. “I got their number off the side of the truck, gave them a call and said we have an idea we’d like to talk with you about.”
There was a bit of serendipity in discovering that the cones would be good for target practice, too. The family was shooting airsoft guns in the backyard and taped a target to one of the cones. That got them thinking about printing targets on the cones.
“My dad stopped into a lot of different places and got good feedback from gun stores,” Lee Addis said. “We went to a (target) shooting with one and as soon as we got out there, we had people asking about them. But the targets were an afterthought.”
As it turns out, the targets will be the first use for the cones. The traffic-safety versions are still awaiting approval from the Department of Transportation.
Lee Addis said he has learned a lot from the process.
He has learned about the types of reflective coatings required for getting the cones approved for traffic use, and he knows more about cardboard manufacturing than probably any high-school senior in the country. He even spent a portion of his recent spring break in class.
“I went to a city of Chandler tax class,” Lee said. “That was interesting.”
Addis is also taking classes at Central Arizona College in Coolidge to earn a degree and certification in heavy-equipment operation. For as long as he can remember, he has been fascinated by earth-moving equipment (“the bigger the better,” he said) and would like a career in construction, possibly working in mines. He even operates a YouTube channel ( user/casecx700) where he posts videos of heavy equipment in action. His channel recently reached a half-million views.
But his experience with the cones has piqued an entrepreneurial interest.
He’s already thinking of ways to expand the product line so he might pursue a business degree as well.
“I’m so excited about the whole thing,” Lee Addis said.
Chandler Republic April 13, 2013

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Chandler, AZ -( Re-Nine Safety is pleased to announce the launch of our new product, the Silhouette Target. Re-Nine Safety is a manufacturer of Safety Cones and Shooting Targets.
The new Silhouette Target is designed to work in conjunction with the Target Cone to form a standalone Silhouette Target System. The Silhouettes can be used with other target stands or target hangers.
Re-Nine is continuing to incorporate some of the great selling features that our Target Cones currently have: including preprinted targets and sign flaps that can hold a multitude of different targets and signs. The new Silhouette Targets also have preprinted silhouettes and several bulls eye targets giving you a range of target points. Sign flaps on the Silhouette Targets allow you to use other targets in a variety of sizes, even after the preprinted targets have been shot. Self adhesive targets also allow continued shooting to maximize your use of the Target Cones and Silhouette Targets.
Re-Nine Safety has targets in stock, including the new Silhouette Targets, in numerous gun and tactical shops. To find a dealer close to you or to order direct visit our website at
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Our safety cones are primarily designed for temporary or one time use needs. They are ideal for locations where a return trip just to pick up cones may be avoided. This saves time and money especially with ever increasing fuel cost. They can also be used as temporary sign holders. We have also adapted the cone design as Target Cones. These work well as free standing targets and as target holders for other printed targets. With our Silhouette Targets we have developed a stand alone target system. The Silhouette Targets work with Target Cones and with other Target Stands and Target Hangers.
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