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Makersmiths Celebrates Opening Of Leesburg Center Saturday

© Leesburg Today - 07/29/2015

Makersmiths, a Loudoun County nonprofit that supports entrepreneurs to build tools, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, Aug. 1 for its new building that will house numerous ""makers.""

At 11 a.m., it will unveil the Makersmiths Innovation Forge, located at 71 Lawson Road SE. It's a 3,000-square-foot facility that will house various tool and work areas, such as a woodshop, metal shop, electronics, 3D printing, laser cutting, crafts, prototyping and fabrication.

The space will be used both for regular access to Makersmiths members, as well as for educational programming.

""For months the Town's Economic Development team has been a significant liaison to boost the expansion of manufacturing, innovation, creativity and job creation,"" Leesburg Economic Development Director Marantha Edwards stated. ""Education and exposure to this initiative is a powerful opportunity for growth in Leesburg.""

Makersmiths CEO Pat Scannell said he was excited to open up the space to the community.

""After more than a year of planning and community events, this space is a key asset in building the maker movement in our community,"" Scannell said. ""Here entrepreneurs, hobbyists, students, engineers and artists find the space, tools, training and most importantly a community of like-minded people to enable them to build their dreams.""

For more information, go to makersmiths.org.

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