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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 the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
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