MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Thursday afternoon, the senses. Americans Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) announced a total of $2,140,321 in federal funding for the AL Philpott Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP)—also known as the GENEDGE Alliance—to Martinsville.
These funds – which come from the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – will enhance GENEDGE’s ability to support small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses across the Commonwealth by expanding their reach, developing manufacturing industry, using technological solutions, optimizing their facilities, increasing efficiency and training and mentoring workers, officials said.
“The pandemic and the war in Ukraine have highlighted the importance of supporting domestic manufacturing. We are excited to announce this funding, which will grow Virginia’s manufacturing industry,” the senators said in a statement Thursday, June 30. “This investment will help ensure that small and medium-sized manufacturers have the resources they need.
According to officials, GENEDGE is part of the national Hollings MEP network, which generated $26.20 in new sales growth for manufacturers for every dollar received in federal funding in fiscal year 2021.