STI Tools Success Story



Ask most people if someone in a wheelchair can work on sprinklers and they’d answer with a resounding no. Ask James Sanders and he’ll answer differently. An inventor at heart, James initially designed his now patented Sprinkler Removal Tool (SRT) for his own use at home. The time-saving device is used to remove broken sprinkler heads and install new ones without having to dig up the surrounding lawn. Traditional methods of doing sprinkler work are time-consuming and destructive so it’s no surprise that as others saw the SRT in use, they asked to purchase one from James. The tool is now used worldwide and can be purchased on Amazon. James is especially proud that his veteran owned business manufactures the SRT in the U.S.A.!

The WTSBDC staff has all gotten to know James while working with him on his business plan. The SRT can be ordered at

West Texas A&M Small Business Development Center
701 S. Taylor Ste 118
Amarillo, TX 79101

Our vision is to build a culture of entrepreneurship by providing innovative education, expertise, and encouragement to business owners, entrepreneurs, and community partners.

We like to sit down with clients, or prospective business owners, and engage in one-on-one consulting sessions. Training, business plan writing, market research, and help with securing a loan are among the key services we provide. Aside from providing legal counsel and tax assistance, there’s hardly anything we can’t do to help your business.