Kim Digenakis formed Telepole in 2004 after realizing a great market opportunity for high quality telescoping poles. In a continuous pursuit of a better product, Kim turned to the staff and student engineering consultants of the Bucknell SBDC's Engineering Development Services for assistance with product development and improvement. In a series of projects, consultants have suggested concept designs for improved flagpole weatherability, strength, locking capability, and ease of manufacturing. Numerous computer aided design (CAD) models and rapid prototypes were made to help verify the form, fit, and function of components. In addition, new manufacturing processes were researched and his company's quality control procedures were improved.
With the SBDC assistance, Kim was able to bring a new and improved telescoping pole to market, which he proudly named the "Superior 1". Telepole's sales increased by 40% over the next year and his company grew from annual sales of $150,000 to nearly $500,000. With increased sales came the need for increased staffing resulting in three additional jobs created that year.
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