Our history

  • 1990

    Matt Purdy our founder and CEO started working in the industry delivering equipment for Berrys Barbell, a retailer in Columbus Ohio

  • 1996

    Matt opens The Equipment Guys as a manufacturers rep company.

  • 1998

    Started prototyping of the Stray Dog Strength rack bench system the ORIGINAL pioneer for the modern-day sports performance facilities.

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  • 2000

    First installation of the Stray Dog Strength Racks for Worthington Killborn High School.

  • 2001

    The Equipment Guys leased our first building; a 900 square foot garage with no running water and dirt floors.

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  • 2003

    First installation on the west coast for Eastern Washington and California Riverside. 

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  • 2003

    Nick Giglia joins our team as national sales manager. Nick and Matt were collage roommates and teammates at Ashland University. 

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  • 2005

    Added Stray Dog Strength plate loaded and selectorized machine line to meet customer demand.

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  • 2009

    To bring an increased quality to Stray Dog products TEG partnered with a manufacturing company with over 100 years of experience. This allowed Stray Dog products to be manufactured with best technology available including fiber lasers, CAM software and more.

  • 2009

    Partnered with Ecore to bring high quality flooring to our customers.

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  • 2010

    DODRIDGE.jpgStarted implementing custom banner braces on our racks to help coaches develop their culture and school pride.

  • 2012

    Installed our first "fire out" unit this was a wall mounted rack that was the predecessor to our ATR. 

  • 2017

    Introduced our first “Auxiliary Training Rack”Riverside High School Weight Room

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  • 2019

    Moving into our second generation as a family owned company. We will continue to evolve and improve upon our products and service while maintaining our core values that got us to this point. 

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