The workforce at Aeryon Labs Inc. has almost doubled in size over the last year and needed the room to grow to build its next generation of small unmanned aircraft systems.
The SkyRanger, the latest line in its fleet of aerial drones, were really taking off — no pun intended — and they needed the space to expand its operations.
It found that space at a new advanced manufacturing site at 575 Kumpf Dr. in Waterloo as company officials, employees and local dignitaries came to celebrate the grand opening of the facility last Wednesday, as the local success story gets ready for its next stage of development.
On Friday, July 11th Peak 3 Technical Services provided support and expertise to the Pan-Pacific Unmanned Aircraft Test Range Complex and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Peak 3 was an integral part of the mission planning and concept of operations development. They also acted as Pilot in Command (PIC) for the training missions that involved the Alaska State Troopers, the Fairbanks Police Department, and the Fairbanks Fire Department at the Fairbanks Regional Fire Training Center.
The Aeryon Scout was used to support four training activities, which included a mock Police Standoff, State Trooper accident scene forensics and fire demonstrations.
The federal government selected a fast-growing technology company in Waterloo — Aeryon Labs — to announce funding Monday in support of efforts to open up new foreign markets to Canadian goods.
Erin O'Toole, parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade, and Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid were at Aeryon's facility on Kumpf Drive to announce funding of $20,000 to Unmanned Systems Canada, the association representing the unmanned vehicle industry. It is among 39 industry associations who will receive a combined total of $3 million this year.
As Dave Kroetsch walks through the lobby of Aeryon Labs' new home on Kumpf Drive, the president and chief executive officer pauses for a moment to think about the tech company's growth.
Unmanned aerial systems technology was in its infancy back in 2007, when three University of Waterloo graduates founded Aeryon Labs, Inc. Like so many small business start-ups, the company was born in a home office—moving from a backyard to a basement, and then to a living room—before settling into office space in Waterloo, Ont., in the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle.