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Manufacturing is returning to the United States. Budding inventors from Vermont, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and places throughout the world have used the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) to develop new filtered water pitchers, socks, rehabilitation braces for horses and more.
The MSC is a manufacturing business accelerator and high-tech testing lab under the umbrella of Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) in Hickory.
Unlike a traditional business incubator, which offers office space and training, the MSC creates prototypes, develops products for the marketplace, connects business owners with manufacturers, markets products and establishes distribution pathways. Simultaneously, inventors and entrepreneurs learn how to operate and sustain a successful business.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.