JUPITER, Fla. - In-O-Vate Technologies announced the sale of its 1 millionth Dryerbox unit. The product is an Underwriters Laboratories-approved metal receptacle that allows clothes dryers to be pushed back against the wall of a laundry room without fear of kinking the exhaust hose.

JUPITER, Fla. - In-O-Vate Technologies announced the sale of its 1 millionth Dryerbox unit.

The product is an Underwriters Laboratories-approved metal receptacle that allows clothes dryers to be pushed back against the wall of a laundry room without fear of kinking the exhaust hose.

The Dryerbox was invented by Rick Harpenau in 1993, while he was the owner of Marlin Construction in southeast Florida. He had a local sheet metal shop fabricate a metal receptacle that he used to help the connection and collection of the dryers' exhaust flex hose in a house he was building.

According to the company, by eliminating the bends in the flex exhaust hose, the dryer has a less restrictive airflow, which in turn minimizes lint buildup, saves energy costs and reduces the chance of a fire hazard.

"As builders, architects, inspectors, subcontractors and homeowners see the product for themselves, they are asking why this wasn't available sooner. It really is a common sense type of product," said Harpenau.