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This story appears in the March 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

TheEntrepreneur: Ross Youngs, 46, founder of UniKeep LLC inColumbus, Ohio

The Product:Youngs' latest product is the UniKeep, a stackable,archival-safe three-ring binder made from polypropylene andintroduced in 2001. Its fully enclosed design allows users to storepens and other small items as well as papers. Youngs is also knownfor inventing the Safety-sleeve, the first sleeve using acombination of nonwoven, clear plastic for storing CDs inthree-ring, fabric and clear-plastic binders. Youngs' companysells more than 1.5 billion Safety-sleeves and other licensedproducts annually.

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