Yesterday, we had our first walk-in customer in many months. He came in to buy a robot kit for a friend and was curious why our entire operation was in such disarray, so Kristina took him on a tour.
The Parallax site in Rocklin, California is undergoing some major changes in preparation for the future. Some of the goals driving these changes:
- Increased CNC capabilities. We’re moving our two Haas CNC machines to join two others at a large, offsite location in Northern California. For several years, we’ve been continually out of stock of Grippers, Motor Mount and Wheel Kits, and other machined products. We’re going to address this shortage once and for all!
- Front office demolition and remodel for open space and customer events. We’re removing the “burrito shop” look and clearing the space for a future teaching area, Parallax Expo, and to create a wide-open environment for larger robots. New paint and carpet will be installed (and those black baseboards, which are a problem for our infrared sensors).
- Roof replacement, HVAC repair and new drainage on top of the building.
- Outside, the trees are getting trimmed and we’re removing any storage materials (pallets, metal, etc).
Like many businesses, some of our team will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future. Our manufacturing, shipping, kitting and sales teams will continue working on site. In the future, we hope to be well-prepared to host many customers when the renovation is complete.