LL Bean steals design from Cape Coral Cart Company

by JoAnn Dusharm on September 19, 2014

LL Bean Steals Design from Cape Coral Cart Company Ent, Inc. Offers no return.

Despite many efforts to reasonably settle, LL Bean’s Lawyer claims they’ll return nothing to Cape Coral Cart Co. (Utilacart) for their design.   We must stop big business in Burlington from hurting individuals who helped build the very community where LL Bean is establishing a Flagship store.

When 3rd generation Vermonters, Randy and JoAnn Dusharm moved to Florida from Burlington their hometown in November 2006, they started a small company called Cape Coral Cart Co (Utilacart). Randy, being a long time finish carpenter in Burlington area for over 25 years, drew up the design for a beach cart, which he saw a market for not only in Florida but everywhere. Teaming up with his wife, JoAnn, they sold their house – which Randy built – in the south end of Burlington, moved to Florida and began manufacturing beach carts from their home in Cape Coral. They trademarked their logo for Utilacart, which covers the design. They have successfully operated this company independently for 8 years; they have fine tuned their product and distributed all over the globe. Being Vermonters, they delivered a quality product with a Vermont ethos. They Support the Flynn during there on Line Action, The Dimass House, and many similar organizations in Florida. ABC did a segment in 2011 about “Made in America”, where Cape Coral Cart Company was featured.

In 2010, LL Bean bought one of the Utilacarts, and soon contacted them about doing business with them. During the conversation they asked if they would be willing to send it to China, and have it manufactured so that LL Bean could buy it from them at $50.00, and retail it for $99.00. When Utilacart declined due to their business ethics as an American made product, Cape Coral Cart Company counter offered them to buy the design, which they declined also. Instead they took the Utilacart to China and had them make it for them. 4 years later, LL Bean is now selling their version, and invested $40,000 in a line of their own carts. They are so close in design , it difficult to tell the two apart. Their product name is “Gear Hauler Folding Cart.”

When owners of the Utilacart contacted LL Bean, they made them an insultingly low offer to settle. They want to sell their investment and be done with the Cart business, say’s LL Bean’s attorney, with no regard to the damage they are causing with the confusion of the design. It is clear they acknowledge their illegal actions when their attorney called. It is also clear that LL Bean stole Utilacart’s design knowing they are a small company and knowing the legal process would be far too in depth and expensive for them to fight back.

It’s very concerning that LL Bean is moving into Burlington with a flagship store on Church Street. We plan on fighting back with the help of the Burlington community. W are prepared to do everything in our power to inform the public of LL Bean’s actions. Randy and JoAnn were raised in Burlington and raised their children in the unique city of Burlington. LL Bean has demonstrated to this family that big business can do whatever they choose when the price is right. This time they must be held responsible for their actions and rightfully compensate Cape Coral Cart Company fairly. We will not stand for LL Bean in Burlington, and feel strongly this type of business practice has no place in the community.

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Beach and Vacation – Utilacart Beach Cart

by JoAnn Dusharm on October 9, 2013

IMG_5768While you’re thinking beach and vacation, you’ll love our utilacart beach carts and the wonderful colors they come in.

If you’re a self~described dedicated beach lover like me, you can appreciate this visual: hot, gritty sand between your toes and flip~flop, a heavy cooler with one too many beverage cans, a tangle of beach chairs with the sun beating down on you, a trailing towel getting sandier by the second,

you got the picture; you’ve been there, done that. But the devoted beach~goer in us wouldn’t give it up for a world of annoying gnats at our picnic spread. Enter the super hero of the day the utilacart: the beach cart on wheels to master that sand as you move triumphantly over those mounds of gritty terrain. You will be ask over and over where did you get that cart.

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Beach Carts are the one way to get to the beach.   Who wants to always carry things in there arms . With the Utilacart you no longer have to do that and the kids will say can I help.   Our Utilacart  has so many uses you will be surprised.   It is light weight […]

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