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Our Story

We’re a small family-owned business in Minnesota that creates innovative products that bring independence and confidence to people’s lives.

ClipDifferent Family

Our Story

Our mission, our story

We make a difference by developing products that help you live a fuller, more enriching life. Independence, joy, and empowerment no matter age, ability, background, or accessibility. 

Tom McMullen Jr.
ClipDifferent Creator and Founder

The power of one small thing

At ClipDifferent, our story is woven from threads of compassion and innovation. It all began with Tom McMullen Jr., a man on a mission to make everyday a little easier for those who face extraordinary challenges. Inspired by his sister’s resilience in the face of polio and driven by the desire to improve his late wife Trudy’s life as she battled progressive health issues, Tom set out to redefine what’s possible.

From these deeply personal experiences, ClipDifferent was born. Our products are not just nail clippers; they are instruments of empowerment. They’ve been meticulously designed to assist those with hand strength or dexterity issues, sensory impairments, cognitive challenges, and upper limb differences. They bring relief to parents whose little ones fear nail clippings, to those who would like a safe and better way, aging individuals who want independence and caregivers who want to feel peace of mind for their loved ones.

At ClipDifferent, we believe that every small act of care and consideration can transform lives. Join us on our journey to make the world a more accessible, comfortable, and joyful place, one clip at a time.

The mighty, Lil Nipper!

Joy and confidence come with accomplishing small tasks, no matter how seemingly simple.

Whether it’s encouraging your toddler’s independence, helping an elderly loved one maintain their self-reliance, or giving dad a new way to help with the infant, our fingernail clippers are safe, easy to use, and durable. 

So welcome to our world, where each day means an opportunity to manufacture little miracles…where joy, independence, and confidence are brought to you–one clip at time.


Tom McMullen Jr.
Creator and Founder

TJ McMullen III and Melanie McMullen
Siblings and Co-Founders

A Minnesota-based company

ClipDifferent, a registered General Benefit Corporation, was founded by Tom McMullen Jr. and worlds first & only adaptive electric fingernail clippers, the Pro and Jr, were released in 2019 and manufactured in Maple Grove, MN. Now, we have our Lil Nippers, a full line of handheld electric nail clippers utilizing the same patented trimming technology and added cool features. 

Our products were developed to help those who have lost hand strength or dexterity due to various reasons, as well as people with visual, sensory, or cognitive impairments, diseases, or upper limb loss/difference. Additionally, the products are useful for parents with young children as well as those with aging parents.

No matter your age, ability, or situation…we’ve got you covered!

ClipDifferent, GBC is a family-owned business based in Minnesota.