The Ulu Factory has been in operation for over 25 years though the ulu has a far longer history as one of the most practical and inventive tools developed by Alaska's indigenous population. Archaeologists postulate that the ulu might have been in use well over 3,000 years ago. The ulu can be used a wide array of tasks such as skinning seals, sewing mukluk boots, or chopping food for dinner. The Ulu Factory started as a business run out of a one-car garage. However, it has grown into a 12,000 sq. ft. manufacturing building with a museum to preserve the history of the ulu.