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Manufacturing Solutions Center Expands

One of the busiest businesses incubators in the state is in Catawba County.   And now the Manufacturing Solutions Center is expanding. 

For years, the Manufacturing Solutions Center tried to work its magic in a modest space at Catawba Valley Community College.  Today – is the grand opening of its new offices – a total of 40-thousand square feet.  Executive Director Dan St. Louis says he hates to hear people say manufacturing is dead. "The next person who tells me that, I’m going to let them answer my phone for a day and then I want him to tell me that manufacturing is dead. Because we spend a couple of hours a day, every day, trying to source goods back from somewhere else back to the US. And the guys are really busy," said St. Louis.

The Manufacturing Solutions Center helps new and older companies test products, build prototypes, and improve efficiency.  St. Louis says they get calls for help from around the world.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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