Phil Allen is president, owner and founder of Grace Engineered Products, Inc. He is a leading innovator in thru-panel electrical safety with three U. S. patents and one pending patent. A: In the 1990s, Grace was challenged to find a better way of safely accessing an electrical panel at a John Deere facility. The team at Grace created a solution for thru-door access, which birthed the GracePort — a fully customizable convenience data port that allows access to live control cabinets through closed doors. It was the first product that Grace developed that keeps voltage away from workers. A: Create innovative solutions, enhance productivity, keep people safe and assets secure through simple and affordable solutions (i. e. We keep voltage away from people). Q: Talk about your new expansion and how that will improve business. A: Around this time last year, news had just broken of the company’s new acquisition plans for the 48,000-square-foot former printing plant, The Brandt Co., tripling the size of Grace’s global operations. It has allowed us to bring production that now is outsourced in Iowa here and bring production made in China here, too.