Stray Dog Strength was the original Pioneer of the modern day rack system, introducing our first rack to the market in 1999. Today, Stray Dog Strength continues our legacy of innovation, modular design, and custom-built solutions that are a breed apart.



Turned Straydogstrength.com into an Ecommerce store on after switching the website from Equipmentguys.com to Straydogstrength.com in 2021. Customers now have the option to place orders without speaking to a sales rep and see MSRP pricing whenever they want.
We switched from ¾” holes in 3x3 tubing to 1” holes to be more compatible with the rest of the industry and bring our unique attachments to the 1” hole ecosystem. Our bolt together Rack system is the most modular on the market as you can purchase each part a la carte, and create whatever you want.
Hired Jake Purdy as our brand manager to do Marketing, Manage social media accounts,create content, assist with product design and develop Stray Dog into a National brand.
Moving into our second generation as a family owned company. We will continue to evolve and improve upon our products and service while maintaining our core values that got us to this point.
To combat the inefficiency of single use machines we introduced our first ATR rack to allow the machines to have more than just one use.
Installed our first "fire out" unit this was a wall mounted rack that was the predecessor to our compact ATR.
Started implementing custom banner braces on our racks to help coaches develop their culture and school pride. Making Stray Dog Strength on of the first companies to bring personalization to racks.
Partnered with Ecore to bring high quality flooring to our customers.
To bring an increased quality to Stray Dog products we partnered with a manufacturing company with over 100 years of experience. This allowed Stray Dog products to be manufactured with best technology available including CNC lasers, CAM software and more.
Added Stray Dog Strength plate loaded and selectorized machine line to meet customer demand.
Nick Giglia joins our team as national sales manager. Nick and Matt were collage roommates and teammates at Ashland University.
First Stray Dog Strength installation on the west coast for Eastern Washington and California Riverside.
Rented our first space to build Stray Dog Strength products, a 900 square foot garage with no running water and dirt floors.
Worthington Killborn high school purchased four rack bench systems, our first installation for a school.
For efficiency, Matt had the idea of a singular rack that you could both squat and bench out of at the same. Since a rack of this style was not readily available on the market he decides to start building his own and creates Stray Dog Strength.
Matt decides to leave Barry's Barbell to start his own company called The Equipment Guys. This company was a manufacturer rep and served the strength and conditioning market.
After finishing his college football career at Ashland University Matt Purdy, the founder of Stray Dog Strength started working in the industry. His first job was delivering equipment for Barrys Barbell a retailer in Columbus Ohio.

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