“If you break it, you fix it.” That was the household mantra when Kyle Krieg, co-founder of The Manufactory, was growing up. It’s no wonder then, that between himself, his father, Lee, and his uncle, Tom, there lies decades of experience in woodworking, welding and even building their own homes.
When the 2008 recession meant finding a new venture to supplement the family printing business, it wasn’t long before the idea to design a makerspace was hatched.
“We’re a family of makers,” said Krieg. “We just want to build the ultimate workshop.”
The Manufactory officially opened its doors in April of 2014 and since then has been a breeding ground for countless personal projects and startup businesses alike. GoSun Stove, a 100% solar powered cooking system, got its start at The Manufactory and went on to raise over $250,000 via Kickstarter. The Walnut Hills high school robotics team, easily considered one of the best in the country, also proudly calls The Manufactory their workshop.
The Manufactory’s 17,000 square foot facility, right here in Cincinnati, is outfitted with enough laser cutting, fabricating and 3-D printing equipment to fulfill nearly any maker’s wildest dreams. However, if you ask anyone around the shop, their most valuable asset isn’t the state-of-the-art equipment, the extensive roster of Safe Use classes or the discounts at supply stores.
“It’s simply the type of people that are in this space,” said Krieg. “From designers to tinkerers to aerospace engineers to artists. There’s a lot of sharing of different ideas and often times they end up working together on projects.”
The chance to interact and collaborate is what Krieg says makes his work most exciting, and is why we at Maker Faire can’t wait to have The Manufactory join us again this year.
“We want people to feel inspired…to take that idea that’s been in the back of their mind forever and be able to say, ‘Let’s do it.’”
– Syron Townsend