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U of L Planning micro-factory training facility at Speed School of Engineering

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students from Kindergarten to College will soon be able to expand their knowledge of engineering and manufacturing, through a hands-on micro-factory at U of L.

The state-of-the-art facility is part of the Speed School and is set to open in less than two months.

The space will allow engineering students to bring their ideas to life.

The micro-factory is meant to compliment First Build, a place where appliances are developed through a co-creation community in partnership with GE.

"I'm not exaggerating when I say this is at the forefront nationally in terms of connecting high school students, university students and people in the workplace," Speed School dean Neville Pinto said.

The dean says the micro-factory is acting as a beta site for their bigger vision, which includes a new research park to be built at U of L. The end goal is to build a 225,000 square foot space to be opened in mid-2016.

For now, the micro-factory space will be built by Messer Construction Company and will cost about $1.5 million.

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