about us

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.

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Our History

  • 1990

    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. 

  • 1996

    Matt decides to leave Barrys Barbell to start his own company called The Equipment Guys. This company was a manufactures rep and served the strength and conditioning market. 

  • 1998

    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. 

  • 2000

    Worthington Killborn high school purchases four rack bench systems, our first installation for a school.  

  • 2001

    Rented our first space to build Stray Dog Strength products, a 900 square foot garage with no running water and dirt floors. 

  • 2003

    First Stray Dog Strength installation on the west coast for Eastern Washington and California Riverside.  

  • 2003

    Nick Giglia joins our team as national sales manager. Nick and Matt were collage roommates and teammates at Ashland University. 

  • 2005

    Added Stray Dog Strength plate loaded and selectorized machine line to meet customer demand.

  • 2009

    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.

  • 2009

    Partnered with Ecore to bring high quality flooring to our customers.

  • 2010

    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. 

  • 2012

    Installed our first "fire out" unit this was a wall mounted rack that was the predecessor to our compact ATR. 

  • 2017

    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. 

  • 2019

    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.