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A new Center for Advanced Manufacturing is coming to Danville, and with it the possibility of new business and jobs.

The more than 51,000 square foot center will be on the campus of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research on Slayton Avenue.

Mark Gignac with the Institute said it's their capstone training program that's making Danville so attractive to manufacturing companies.

They say the center will help with the demands of the industry.

The new center will be built adjacent to the Kyocera Tech Hub.

Officials said having it there will bridge resources on the Cyber campus.

The$ 25 million building will showcase new innovations in manufacturing, create a testing lab for products, and more.

Gignac said while manufacturing is a part of Danville's history, they're working to fine tune their focus.

“We're targeting the automotive and aerospace industries,” said Gignac. “and of course the quality can't be compromised and I think thats the niche that we're targeting with our advanced machining."

The state paid for $18 million of the project.

The Danville Regional Foundation covered $7 million to outfit the building with equipment and cover start up costs for the first four years.

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The center is expected to open by 2021.

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