Introducing TailHand, a category-defining automotive accessory just named an auto industry innovation semi-finalist.

TailHand, an emerging pickup truck accessory startup, has launched their patent-pending flagship product for pickup truck owners who want to use their tailgate to get work done smartly, safely, and efficiently, anywhere the job takes them. TailHand transforms the common tailgate into a reliable and highly versatile mobile-workstation, enabling more work done with confidence and precision while increasing work safety.

Already, TailHand has made a splash in the pickup truck industry when it was recently named a semi-finalist in the 9th annual SEMA Launch Pad competition, which included a record-high number of 2021 competition applications from entrepreneurs of new automotive-related products. Semi-finalists now advance to compete for the Grand prize package valued at $92,000 including $75,000 cash.

TailHand solves the challenge of working with unwieldy power tools and materials from the tailgate of the pickup truck. Every day, the tailgates of trucks across America are used as a work surface in a variety of industries including construction, livestock and poultry production, trades, as well as outdoor sporting industries.  Working efficiently and safely from the tailgate is not always possible, especially when working alone without that extra set of helping hands. In fact, TailHand was conceived of and launched in response to a near casualty when the founder had an accident while working alone from the tailgate of his truck. Grateful to have narrowly avoided what could have been a life-threatening encounter with a power tool, the founder set out to create a solution that would help prevent anyone from compromising the quality of their work or experiencing such an unnecessary accident.

The tailgate is an invaluable work surface for many people working in the dairy, beef & poultry field every day,” said Michael Ruhs, Founder and CEO of TailHand. “Yet, everyday people struggle to produce work efficiently and safely with precision while working from their tailgate. We see people using flimsy, unstable tables and other makeshift solutions that represent an accident waiting to happen. And, these people care about the work they’re doing; they want precision when they need it. That’s a tall order when your tools and materials are difficult to manage on unstable surfaces not meant for tough work. TailHand provides the rigid, secure surface and the helping hand that transforms tailgate productivity and safety. TailHand improves your truckability

According to, over 56 million pickup trucks travel the highways of the U.S. every day. That number is expected to swell to over 75 million by 2026. In 2018, pickup truck total specialty-equipment retail sales exceeded $12 billion. Truck owners do a lot with their truck; top among them is getting work done. And, pickup truck manufacturers continue offering features meant to enable work from the bed of the truck such as onboard electrical generator systems to power tools. TailHand elevates the value of those features exponentially.

TailHand promises a durable, reliable product made exclusively in the U.S. TailHand mounts directly to most pickup truck tailgates, providing an “extra hand” for securing tools and materials, enabling more effective, efficient, and safer work.

Offering incredible features, TailHand is designed for long-lasting durability and reliability and made of metal that is e-coated for even the toughest work conditions. A variety of equally durable, ergonomically-designed accessories that use a proprietary clamp locking mechanism work seamlessly with the TailHand platform to meet any demand the user may encounter.

Workers are able to attach their existing tools to the platform, along with the TailHand accessories, for a completely custom environment, specific to any project. TailHand is easy to install, yet provides a solid, stationary workstation that can be removed as needed.

TailHand is gaining an edge with the recent announcement as one of only 15 SEMA Launch Pad Semi-Finalists. The company is already planning for a second phase accessory release that will enable TailHand to enter several new verticals, such as the outdoor enthusiast industry.


About TailHand, Inc.

TailHand was founded in 2020 and is revolutionizing the pickup truck tailgate with the introduction of its patent-pending flagship product. TailHand empowers people who work from their truck to transform their tailgate into a reliable and highly versatile mobile-workstation, enabling more work with confidence and precision while increasing work safety. The nine professionals who make up the TailHand team bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the enterprise. The brand and the team are dedicated to the highest quality customer experience and back that up with a product made only in the U.S. and offer a limited lifetime warranty on the TailHand platform and one year on accessories. A growing startup, TailHand is already planning the next round of product development that will enable entry into a multitude of industries.

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