Earlier this year, SnabCab announced an expansion plan for their Kingston manufacturing facility. Mayor Bryan Paterson toured the building with CEO and Founder Glenn Bostock on July 21, 2022, to learn about the company’s history, culture, and systems.
According to a release from the company, a builder has been chosen for the 18,000-square-foot project, which will be built adjacent to the existing 36,000-square-foot building,
In response to Kingstonist inquiries, SnapCab shared that the new space will be used for “increased manufacturing and with hopes to double production.” The company noted that they are experiencing an increase in market demand, and need more room to scale up to meet that demand.
Bostock started the company in Southeastern Pennsylvania 39 years ago, making elevator interior panelling. Over the years, he grew the company by innovating a remodelling system with interlocking panels, reducing install times to one day, and by adopting lean manufacturing methods, according to the company. In a major levelling up, he extended the interlocking panel concept and lean principles to wall panelling and office pod kits.
In 2014 SnapCab opened a facility in Kingston dedicated to manufacturing a variety of workspace products. The company said that at the beginning of the pandemic, Bostock and his employees were concerned about business coming to a halt.
According to the release, they redirected their energies to developing products that would be of service during a pandemic: office pods with the proper air filtration, pods with a window divider and separate air flow for face-to-face meetings, and solo pods to facilitate working from home. They also innovated a medical triage pod, the SnapCab Care. The first of its kind was installed in Kingston’s COVID Assessment Centre, providing privacy and a focused space in a large open room.
Over the years, SnapCab has received continuous support from local agencies such as the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, as well as others. This support has been key in connecting SnapCab with information and networking opportunities, SnapCab said, noting that the company has seen “huge growth” since 2018. The Kingston location currently employs 43 people. The company stated that they are always growing and continually adding members to their team.
SnapCab was recently recognized for its innovative designs with HiP honoree awards for both the Meet 2 and the Work in the Workspace Pods & Wall Systems category at Chicago’s NeoCon®, the world’s top commercial interior design event. At the event, SnapCab launched a new dedicated video-conferencing office pod called the Link, which enhances video-conferencing from the home or office.