About Us

Knox Labs is a nonprofit makerspace that provides access to digital tools and machinery for dues-paying members. This STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) asset will serve the community as a tinkerer space, hobbyist gathering spot, workforce development tool, and small business launching pad.

Knox Labs has partnered with the Engineering Department at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University in establishing a 5,500 square foot makerspace / business incubator occupying the entire ground-level, main floor storefront space at
104 South Main Street, downtown Mount Vernon.

Established in September 2016, Knox Labs is a registered 501(c)(3) tax- exempt, nonprofit organization with a 15-member board of makers and local non-profit, public sector, and business leaders. Knox Labs, Inc. is a member of the Fab Lab Network.


The mission of Knox Labs is to provide an innovative, collaborative environment that inspires community members to discover, develop and share their potential as makers.


Todd Davis, Executive Director
Greg, Engineering Technician
Elena, Programs Coordinator

Board Members

Elaine Robinson, President
Stephanie Burson, Vice President
Jeff P. Scott, Treasurer
Amanda Jedlinsky, Secretary

Dwight Back
Nick Clark
Elizabeth Doolittle
Sam Filkins
Kathy Kasler
Kerry McElroy
Nito Mortera
Jen Odenweller (Ex Officio)
James Smith
Rick Shaffer
Jan Thomas

The Timeline


Knox Labs is Formed

A Facebook group is formed with the purpose of establishing a new makerspace in Knox County, Ohio.


First Meeting

Knox Labs holds it’s first meeting in the Knox county library.


Fundraising Begins

Knox Labs officially begins collecting funds for the purpose of establishing 501(c)3 status to allow for tax deductible donations.


New Home

Knox Labs moves into it’s new home at 1 Public Square in Mount Vernon.


Nonprofit Board Formed

Knox Labs, Inc. nonprofit board is formed.


Left the Square

Left the Square space to regroup and prepare for an eventual downtown opening.


USDA Grant

Received USDA grant to contract with the Fab Foundation to prepare for a fall 2018 opening.


Hosted an Appreciative Inquiry Summit

Hosted an Appreciative Inquiry Summit to learn what the Knox County community would like to see in a local makerspace. More than 100 community members participated.


Moved into new lab space

Occupancy granted at 104 S. Main Street. Knox Labs moved into its new home in downtown Mount Vernon.


Members Join

Initial memberships were offered and doors were opened to the community.

Contact Us

Knox Labs, Inc.
104 S. Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
mail: PO Box 1067
email: info@knoxlabs.org
(740) 392-7545

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