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Arizona inventor who appeared on ‘Shark Tank’ is releasing his invention

(Screen Capture/Shane Pannell - SweepEasy)

PHOENIX — Seven years ago, Arizona entrepreneur Shane Pannell introduced his SweepEasy Broom to the cast of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

But an expected investment deal for the household product fell through.

Now, the entrepreneur is set to release his invention to the public without the help of the Shark Tank cast.

Pannell told the Phoenix Business Journal on Tuesday he never finalized a deal with investors and instead partnered with Joshua Looney, who serves as the CEO, to run the Tempe-based business.

“It’s been a learning experience for both of us,” Pannell told the Journal.

Pannell’s invention appears to be a traditional household broom but with a twist. A retractable scraper was built in to clean up the toughest messes. He came up with the invention when he was cleaning up messes as a stay-at-home dad.

The SweepEasy broom is being manufactured in Malaysia, as the partners attempt to build inventory in order to present the broom to companies that supply janitorial and custodial equipment.

Pannell also hopes to have his invention featured on the cable shopping networks in the near future.

The SweepEasy retails for $19.95 and is currently available to purchase on the company website.

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