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Aksik Heat Distribution System
Edmond Apassingok, Principal
Aksik Heat Distribution System is a start-up company founded for the purpose of developing a
clip-on radiator fin for boiler-fired baseboard heating systems. The family-owned business
employs 2 people at its facility in Gambell, Alaska.
Aksik's owner, Edmond Apassingok, lives in the remote community of Gambell, Alaska, on
St. Lawrence Island which lies in the northern Bering Sea between Russia and North America.
During one particularly cold winter, Apassingok's baseboard radiant heating system couldn't
put out enough heat in his home. One room had 8 feet of exposed baseboard heat pipe, and
only 4 feet of radiator fins on that pipe. Mr. Apassingok thought, "If only I had a section of radiator fins that I could clip onto the pipe, I could extract more heat from my system."
made a crude prototype with his brother, Merle, and turned to the Alaska Manufacturing
Extension Partnership (AMEP), a NIST MEP network affiliate, for help in protecting his idea
and turning it into a manufacturing business. Read more