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.

Mission

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.

Employees

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

Board Members

Elaine Robinson, President
Stacey Baxter, Vice President
Jeffry Harris, Treasurer
Amanda Jedlinsky, Secretary
Casey Brayshaw
Nick Clark
Jeffrey Gottke
Kathy Kasler
James Smith
Jan Thomas
Rick Shaffer
Elizabeth Doolittle
Dwight Back
Kerry McElroy
Sam Filkins
Stephanie Burson
Jen Odenweller (Ex Officio)

 

The Timeline

09/2015

Knox Labs is Formed

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

11/2015

First Meeting

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

03/2016

Fundraising Begins

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

05/2016

New Home

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

02/2017

Nonprofit Board Formed

Knox Labs, Inc. nonprofit board is formed.

03/2017

Left the Square

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

07/2017

USDA Grant

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

01/2018

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.

09/2018

Moved into new lab space

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

12/2018

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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Knox Labs Hours

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – 3:00PM – 8:00PM
Wednesday – 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Thursday – 3:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday – 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Saturday – 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Sunday – 12:00PM – 3:00PM