May 2020 - YORKVILLE SOUND PARTNERS WITH STARFISH MEDICAL TO PRODUCE CANADIAN-MADE VENTILATORS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

May 2020

TORONTO, ON (May 1, 2020)- Yorkville Sound, a leading manufacturer and distributor of pro audio systems and musical instruments, is now dedicating their engineering and manufacturing expertise to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In conjunction with Starfish Medical, Yorkville's design team is engaged in an open-source ventilator design project, with a goal of increasing the availability of ventilators in Canada.

"Our design and manufacturing team is very excited to be part of the solution during this unprecedented time." says Steve Long, Yorkville Sound's President. "We're providing circuit-board design and layout, as well as the assembly of the control panel for the ventilator project. Our capable facility is quite nimble, and we are able to produce finished results quickly and with accuracy. We are dedicated to help flatten the curve and provide much needed equipment for our country's healthcare professionals."

John Walmsley, EVP of Strategic Relationships at Starfish Medical added; "What better contributor to a Canadian emergency ventilator program than Yorkville Sound, whose manufacturing and production ingenuity established them at the top of the music and professional sound industry. Like other industrial contributors, Yorkville stepped in and got us the parts we needed fast."

Yorkville Sound's collaboration with Starfish Medical is an answer to the Government of Canada's call to action to Canadian businesses and manufacturers to help deliver critical health supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This particular ventilator project is inspired by The Winnipeg Ventilator, a project designed for ICU use and among the easiest in the world to bring into high volume production. More information on this ventilator design can be found here: https://thewinnipegventilator.com

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ABOUT YORKVILLE SOUND - Yorkville Sound has been a manufacturer of PA systems and loudspeakers, Traynor instrument amplifiers, installed audio systems and accessories since its inception in 1963. The company now employs over 220 people in a 150,000 sq ft facility in Pickering Ontario, Canada (a suburb of Toronto). In addition to its manufacturing capability, Yorkville Sound is an importer and distributor of microphones, and accessories under the Apex brand (www.apexelectronics.com) as well as studio effects, signal processors, microphone preamps and accessories under the brand name Applied Research & Technology (ART). Yorkville Sound distributed lines include Granite Percussion, Denver Guitars, Orion FX Lighting, Dynaudio PRO and Hughes & Kettner Amplifiers for North America; Epiphone Guitars, Gibson Guitars, Mapex Drums, Los Cabos Drumsticks, Line 6, Ernie Ball Strings, Rotosound Strings, Snark Tuners, TrueTone Pedals, KRK, as well as Gallien-Krueger amplifiers for Canada

ABOUT STARFISH MEDICAL - StarFish Medical is a full service Medical Device Design company offering design, development, and manufacturing services based in Toronto and Victoria. We use our PathfinderTM process to reduce wasted effort and increase success for medical device product definition, technical engineering, and product development. Prototype and volume production are delivered within an ISO 13485 certified Quality Management System and an FDA registered manufacturing and clean room facility.


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