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Advanced Manufacturing R&D

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The Rapid Center partners regularly with companies in the advanced manufacturing industry in western North Carolina, a growing sector in the region. Our partners include companies in industries such as aviation, automotive components, heavy machinery and more. We work with companies to develop prototypes of new products and design solutions for streamlining manufacturing of complex products and components.


The Rapid Center is proud to have partnered with many of the region’s largest and most influential advanced manufacturing companies, including:

  • GE Aviation
  • Borg Warner
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Eaton Corporation

Economic and Workforce Development

WCU actively seeks to partner with economic development agencies and industry representatives to support continued growth in Advanced Manufacturing in the region. The industry one of the Asheville-Buncombe Country Economic Development Coalition’s target clusters.

Learn More about EDC’s focus on Advanced Manufacturing

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