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By Kevin Griffin, Hickory Daily RecordManufacturing Solutions Center Special Projects Director Tony Whitener shows off a rendering of the new building that will be constructed near the existing building.  Photo by Robert C. Reed, Hickory Daily Record

Site work has begun for a new Manufacturing Solutions Center building that will allow the center to expand and add new capabilities for testing personal protective equipment.

Some dirt has already been turned at the site and leaders from the city of Conover and Catawba County gathered at the Norman B. Coley Amphitheater Friday to celebrate the groundbreaking.

The new building is made possible by $9 million in federal COVID-19 funding appropriated by the state last September as part of the PPE Initiative, which also includes collaboration with Gaston College and other public and private partners...

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