Vector Praxis History

Our History

The history of Vector Praxis is the combined history of its founder (Julian Bowron) and the many people who have shared his passion for creative fabrication and therebye contributed to the success of the companies he founded. 

Timeline

1978

Julian Bowron and 3 friends start the Ne Chi Zu Works, a craft guild located in the heart of Vancouver. The work executed consists of hand carved wooden signage, public artworks and blacksmithing.

1981

Returning to his hometown Toronto, Mr. Bowron and two friends start The Woodpeople, which focuses on the rapidly expanding computer office furniture and printer cover market.

1983

After selling his interest and spending a year designing and building trade show booths and office interiors in Costa Rica, Mr. Bowron opens his first workshop at 9 Hanna Ave. in Toronto. In 1984 the company is incorporated as Feature Factory.

1988

Staff peaks at 20, space at 15,000 square feet.

1990

9 Hanna is at risk of being closed to make way for a data centre and the economy falters, so Feature Factory moves to a 10,000 square foot space at 1420 Dupont Street.

1992

Mr. Bowron initiates a venture to import surplus advanced machine tools from former east block countries. The imported and modernized machines are sold to aircraft and automotive plants in both Canada and Argentina.

1994

Mr. Bowron directs his first projects in NYC, a spectacular sign for a Times Square Restaurant and a display in a major toy retailer also on Times Square.

1998

With a $12m order from a national theatre chain, Feature Factory becomes Canada's largest theming contractor. The province's casinos also provide large amounts of work.

1998

The Kiosk Factory is founded to meet the need for the automatic ticket machines developed by Feature Factory. 

2001

Staff peaks at 80, space peaks at 55,000 square feet, multiple projects in NYC.

2002

Following 911, the theatre and casino boom comes to a sudden halt and work in NYC stops as well. Feature Factory faces tough choices, cuts staff to under 10 and moves again, to 37 Hanna, one building north of the place it started.

2004

Good times return with strong orders for kiosks for NYC transit applications, GE's world HQ and Ontario's nuclear sector. In the following years orders for features and sculpture from the US, the UAE and China contribute to rapid growth.

2005

The company buys the first of three buildings on Pelham Avenue in The Junction and moves again.

2009

Feature Factory sells part of the company to The Walters Group, forming Feature Walters.

2010

Mr. Bowron directs a major international erection planning project, the 180-storey Abraj Al Bait, in Mekkah, KSA

2010

Feature Walters opens the 50,000 sq ft Pre-fabricated Architectural Division in Princeton, Ontario to complete a $15m + order for modular washrooms. Walters aquires more shares.

2011

Staff peaks at 100.

2011

Julian Bowron leaves Feature Walters and founds Vector Praxis.

2012

Mr. Bowron sells the last of his shares to The Walters Group.

2013

Mr. Bowron works in NYC developing a modular system for building tall towers.

2013

Vector Praxis moves in to a 10,000 square foot facility in The Junction area of Toronto and begins production.

2014

The Vectorbloc tall modular building system is introduced at World of Modular in San Antonio, Texas.