RHINELANDER - Childhood friends are no business partners thanks to a class project.
Three students used their Three Lakes Fab Lab to make a septic tank screen hose, which helps stops clogs.
They haven't graduated high school yet, but a company in Illinois is already manufacturing their product.
Three Lakes High School students Tom Stuckart, Jack Connelly and Stephen Gensler had the idea of making their screen hose last summer and started making the prototype when school started in September.
"It's amazing what a little bit of hard work can actually get you. The community has been awesome supporting us and things like that.
Â Just having the opportunity to come here and speak is awesome," said Stuckart.Â
On Thursday their business JTS Waste products became official as an LLC.
They presented their business at the Annual Oneida County Economic Development Committee meeting in Rhinelander today.