A number of prototypes were designed and introduced in the Canadian market. A positive response led to setting up a shop in Cambridge, where many of the suppliers were close at hand. Working with local engineers and machinists, specialized machinery was developed. The designs were advanced to production line status, and part-time labour was secured through a community college’s woodworking program.
Grey Owl currently produces about 30,000 paddles a year and distributes throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The plant, now 12,000 square feet and still located in Cambridge, produces wooden paddles for all facets of the canoe and kayak market.
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