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Meet Jake McCampbell of StringKing in Gardena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake McCampbell.

Jake, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started the company with my cousin, Luke Aronson, in 2011. We both played lacrosse growing up and noticed a major problem with lacrosse sticks. Every time it rained, your lacrosse pocket would bag out and become illegal to play with. Players would have to restring their sticks on the sideline in the middle of games.

We created the first weatherproof lacrosse mesh that fixed this problem. We then expanded into lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, and baseball bats.

Over the past few years, we have developed an automated custom-fit apparel manufacturing technology. We have created software and robotics that automate the design and cutting of made to measure apparel. The general idea is, no matter what your body shape, your clothes should fit perfectly, they should be affordable, and you should be able to order them online with fast delivery. We have developed the technology to do this right here in Los Angeles and are currently scaling our production.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In March 2020, when COVID was getting worse, sports seasons were getting canceled. We realized that our business was in serious trouble and that we could help produce the PPE that was in short supply.

We started to produce cloth face masks and gowns at our Los Angeles manufacturing facility and surgical masks and gowns at our manufacturing facility in China. At one point, we were producing 140,000 cloth face masks per day in Los Angeles. So far, we have produced~4M gowns, ~8M surgical masks, and ~6M cloth face masks.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with StringKing, Inc. – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Our team is what sets us apart. We have a lot of really smart and hardworking people. Sports equipment has given us a unique opportunity to learn about manufacturing, composites, metals, plastics, textiles, product design, robotics, software, electrical engineering, etc. We are excited to apply these tools towards solving new problems.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are currently building a new 98,000 sqft manufacturing facility in Compton. We are scaling out our automated custom-fit apparel manufacturing and hope to create more than 500 new jobs.

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