Wikk Industries was acquired in June of 2018 by Brian & Amy Hawthorne. The two will carry on the legacy of Wikk being a family-owned and operated business since 1980.
“We have been working very hard since the acquisition to develop and implement a strategy focused on bringing together two different trends. On the one hand, we see accessibility compliance in public spaces growing exponentially. On the other hand, we see assistive technology enabling access for people with disabilities or special needs to be woefully inadequate” says Brian, President of Wikk.
“Having worked in the commercial construction industry for 29 years, I recognize a need for accessibility that meets or exceeds the increase in code complexity, and a desire to serve more people in different ways. The public’s expectations for accessibility now far outstrip the reality of what is delivered to them. This is the accessibility gap.”
Wikk’s mission is to close that accessibility gap with intelligent solutions and tools that enhance the overall experience for all people no matter their challenge.
Over the course of 2019 and beyond you can expect Wikk to pursue that mission. “We have refreshed our brand to reflect where we are headed and have completely revamped our website based on numerous voice of the customer interviews. We have delivered a customer-centric site that minimizes “clicks” to get to critical information and provides a means to save and access job specific information 24/7. This is a significant step for us with more to come” says Hawthorne.
Wikk’s first new product offering of 2019 is a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) switch. The HDPE switch eliminates logo degradation, minimizes the risk of injury caused by touch in extreme temperatures, enables LEED® credits, and comes with a standard 10 year warranty. This “patent pending” product is Made in the USA and available now.
Brian says, “We believe our new brand, website and product development roadmap position us well to fulfill our mission of bridging the accessibility gap. We have some really exciting things planned that will change the way people think about assistive technology going forward….stay tuned.”