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Conover is inching closer to bringing the Manufacturing Solutions Center to Conover Station.
Conover City Council approved a lease agreement with Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) on Thursday that will make a new home for the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC).
The city also approved a contract with MSC, which is currently located on CVCCâ€™s East Campus.
MSC employs about 36 full- and part-time workers who collaborate with companies around the world to develop and improve their products to go to market.
According to City Manager Donald Duncan, Conover plans to build a 30,000-square-foot building that it will lease to CVCC. The college will provide the space for MSC.
The city is financing the project mostly through about $2.5 million in grants from the U.S. and N.C. departments of commerce. The lowest bid for the building is about $2.7 million, according to the city.
Now, the city must send the approved paperwork to the U.S. Department of Commerce, who must approve the plans before construction can begin, Duncan said.
â€śThey will let us know within two to three weeks,â€ť he said.
If the commerce department approves the paperwork, the city will then sit down with the general contractor, make a plan for construction and set a date for the groundbreaking, Duncan said.