Yakabod is a software company teaching an old building new tricks.
In 2018, the company moved in as the first major anchor of the massive adaptive reuse project at the “Union Knitting Mills”– a more than 50,000-square-foot building that once functioned as a women’s hosiery factory.
The tech company has a saying that its software should “work the way it ought to,” and it has been wildly successful in finding the perfect balance of showcasing the historic features of the building while accommodating the needs of its future-focused work.
In addition to the building’s own historic appeal, the Yakabod office attractively sits facing Frederick’s recently extended Carroll Creek Linear Park. The $15.7 public pathway improvement and beautification project was designed to pull foot traffic towards Frederick’s rapidly developing east side and encourage private ventures, including the renovation of the once-abandoned Mill building.
The Union Mills building first opened in the 1800s and was the home of the Union Manufacturing Company, which produced hosiery and other similar products. The building has become a bit of a technology hub as the area finds new uses.
Yakabod used to be located overlooking Frederick’s Square Corner. But it outgrew the space and had to find a new space to meet its growing needs.