TechShop Hires Manufacturing Veteran Ahead of Opening

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — A veteran of the manufacturing industry will take charge of TechShop, the highly anticipated do-it-yourself workshop, when it opens here this month.

Mike Hill is a graduate of Washington University Olin Business School. He’ll be General Manager of the St. Louis location.

“This do-it-yourself, bootstrap community presents a tremendous opportunity for startups or people who aren’t even thinking about starting a business,” Hill said in a statement. “And for me, it’s a great opportunity to stay plugged in to the St. Louis innovation community and all of the great things that are happening here. I could not be more excited.”

This increased interest in making things is dubbed the ‘maker movement.’

TechShop’s new facility boasts more than a million dollars in professional equipment, including laser cutters, welding equipment, a wood shop, sewing machines and 3-D printers. There was a huge line last weekend for a special preview event.

Its new building is located in the city’s Cortex Innovation District.

KMOX got a tour of the space on last weekend’s Nothing Impossible, our weekly show about local innovation. Hear it below:

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