Move brings manufacturing together with design and development teams
A dream long held by the BKIN team was finally realized today when the group completed their move to a new off-campus location on Railway St. Just off Division St., in the heart of Kingston, the area allows the team to keep close physical proximity to their founder and collaborators at Queen’s University, while giving the team the “three-in-one” space that they needed: design, manufacturing and machining all under one roof in an affordable footprint.
“The efficiency I’ve been able to realize in the manufacture of KINARMs since moving to Railway Street has been incredible”, noted Manufacturing Technologist, Luke Harris, who managed all the logistics of the move including careful relocation of BKIN’s CNC mill. “I never knew how much time I wasted not having our own shipping dock!”
Anne Vivian-Scott, President & CEO, thanked Queen’s University’s Innovation Park for being such a great supporter during the many years they occupied a suite in the IPark satellite facility in the Biosciences Complex. “Quite honestly we could not have got to where we are today if the forward-thinking leadership of Innovation Park had not given us the flexibility to keep our design and development team on campus. It gave us a critical bridge that allowed us to stay close to the Queen’s research team while managing costs. We’re going to miss the folks at Innovation Park.”
BKIN hopes to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house in the New Year once the team is settled and the production backlog of KINARMs is cleared.