About Us

Mission Statement

Provide quality products and exemplary service to our customers

Strive to improve the industry by offering innovative solutions for making electrical connections

Become a leading manufacturer in electrical connectors while creating a safer workplace for employees worldwide

Maintain a lucrative return for our investors and a challenging workplace for our employees.

Company History

  • In the Summer of 2007, the Melni Electrical Connector technology was invented by Mark Melni in his garage in Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • A Provisional Patent for one-year protection of the IP was filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in February, 2008.
  • United States domestic and foreign Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patents were filed in February of 2009.
  • May 26, 2010 – Melni, LLC, was voted the Entrepreneur of the year for the State of Idaho and awarded the $10,000 1st prize.
  • United States Patent # 7794255 issued September 14, 2010.
  • June 2012, the first prototypes for the 4/0 connector were tested at the Idaho National Laboratories (INL).  The device surpassed UL 486D standards.
  • March 2014 – The molds for the 4/0 and 2/0 connectors completed.
  • October 2014 – Melni partnered with ICII for distribution in the agriculture market.
  • December 2014 – Molds for the Melni Connector completed.
  • March 2015 – Production has begun!!
  • April 17th 2015 – Owner and inventor Mark Melni on ABC’s SHARK TANK

Testimonials

“I graduated from Great Basin College in Electrical Technology in 1998. Since then, I have worked as an industrial electrician and controls in the mining and food processing industries. I have had the opportunity to work around motors and electrical connections from 1 HP to 6000 HP and voltages of up to 24kV.

During my experience in the field, I have seen numerous connection failures in many different applications. I have seen and understand the theory of operation of the invention that Mark Melni is proposing, and I believe this invention will change the industry standard for electrical connections.

His design is perfect. The area of the conductor that makes contact with the connector, and any other conductors that are included in the connection, far surpasses that of any connector that I have ever seen on the market, greatly reducing heat in the connection. And, a by-product of this design is that by the design itself, human error is virtually eliminated, and good connections can be made every time.

I can’t stress enough how important I think it is to the industry that you take the time to see how this invention works. You will not be disappointed.”

Kirt Johnson, Manager of the Darigold Process Control Division
Jerome Idaho Plant
Idaho electrical license #J16115

My name is Ron Rinehart. I am Manager of Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) of Twin Falls, Idaho. I also manage the CED Profit Center in Jerome, Idaho.

I have been in the electrical industry since 1971. I have worked as a panel builder, apprentice electrician, and a wholesale distributor. Over the past 30+ years, I have seen literally dozens of so-called, “new” devices for terminating wire. Some have made a successful impact in the market, and others have come and gone.

I believe Mark Melni’s wire termination invention is truly revolutionary. I have been asked, many times, for a wire termination that does not require purchase and use of an expensive crimp tool to make a wire termination. Even with the use of a prosper tool, crimp terminations can fail, especially if installed by an untrained, or undertrained, person.

Mark’s invention would be virtually “tool-less” and could easily replace many different existing wire terminations and could be properly installed without specialized training. I am eagerly awaiting production of this wire terminal and would be willing to stock and support promotion and sale of the end product to our electrical contractor, OEM and industrial customers.

Ron Rinehart, Manager
CED Twin Falls, Idaho
CED Jerome, Idaho

I have looked at, and understand, the application of Mark Melni’s invention, and I think it is by far the best design I have ever seen. The surface area of the conductor is contacted in a manner that is far superior to a crimp connection, thereby eliminating the heat problem from a bad crimp.”

Steven Westphal, Licensed Journeyman Electrician
State of Idaho – ELE J 4971 – Issued 01.11.80
Electrical Contractor – ELE C 13609 – Issued 04.20.92
Public Works Contractor – PW C 11079 – Issued 40.05.93