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US CVCC Manufacturing Solutions Centre bags $750000 grant

Aug '19
Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Centre recently received a $750,000 funding from the US Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) i6 Challenge grant. The grant will help fund work in bio-textiles, military applications, wearable textiles, industrial hemp fibre re-introduction, eco-friendly sustainable products and other textile items.

Catawba is a county in North Carolina state.

“The Economic Development Administration i6 Challenge Grant is helping us expand our capacity to support more clients,” Mary Reynolds, public information officer for Catawba Valley Community College, said. “It’s all about helping people launch or expand their business and create more jobs.”

With the grant, a large 3D printer, laser engraver, metal-working tools, 3D scanner, direct-to-garment printer, two specialized knitting machines for shoe uppers and medical devices will be purchased, according to Dan St. Louis, director of the Manufacturing Solutions Centre.

This will help the centre perform and develop tests for new products developed by entrepreneurs, , according to the EDA website.

St. Louis said the grant will also allow them to expand their outreach through the Internet and travel to trade shows and meetings with manufacturers, partners and schools.

Much of what the Manufacturing Solutions Center focuses on is testing company products and working with businesses to provide their partners with more services, according to St. Louis.

The centre is a one-stop shop for inventors and designers who need help getting their ideas through production and into consumers’ hands, plus an incubator, Reynolds added. (DS)

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