21 Feb, 2017 The Twister Fruit Picker®: A Loving Tribute to Norris, the Inventor
Norris, the inventor of The Twister Fruit Picker®, recently passed away after a long, full life of 98 years. We, his family, will miss him forever. We’ll always remember him for his generosity, his love of learning, and for his knack to see beyond the possible in order to come up with fresh ideas. He was truly a natural born inventor.
After a lifetime farming career in Montana, Norris retired and moved in 1979, with his wife and life long partner, Dorothy, to Southern California. Along with their love of farming and gardening, Norris also carried over elements of his workshop from the farm and nestled it into their bedroom patio. There, Norris worked on many inventions, including water wheels for their garden pond, whirly birds for his childrens’ yards, and gecko traps for his visiting grandchildren. But his most prized invention, inspired by his hard-to-reach tangelo tree, was, of course, The Twister Fruit Picker®.
Of the three U.S. patents Norris held, The Twister Fruit Picker® was his most successful. Until the age of 92, Norris ran the entire operation on his own. He lovingly made each one by hand in his home workshop, packaging them with care. He enjoyed talking to customers from all over the country, taking the time to troubleshoot and check in with customers long after the transaction. He was a people person, and it brought him joy to hear that so many enjoyed the tool and found it useful.
NorDot Industries LLC (named after Norris and his wife Dorothy) is now owned by his children and sells The Twister Fruit Picker® worldwide. Norris, who lived his entire life with generosity and caring for his family, has left a legacy with The Twister Fruit Picker®.
From Norris’s family,