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Maker Space scheduled to open in November, Commercialization Station in Bluefield

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) – The ‘Maker Space’ at the Commercialization Station in Bluefield is expected to be open on Nov. 1 for classes and memberships, so inventors have a place to create anything their mind can imagine.

The space is set up with components for electronics and robotics systems, including 3D Printers and Laser Cutters.

The Maker Station is being operated by Crea Company.

“Crea in Spanish means to make or create,” said Travis Lowe, operator for the company. “[The name] also means to believe. We want to encourage the idea of hope so when people come in the building, their mind is free to imagine all the possibilities.”

Lowe says it’s been a long process and he’s excited to work with creative talents in the region. Crea has partenered with numerous colleges and institutions, including Bluefield State College, Bluefield College and The Center for Applied Research and Technology.”

“I can’t wait to see what the students come up with and the stories of businesses that have started in this space,” said Lowe.

The general public is invited to look inside of the Maker Space on Wednesday, October 16, from 5 -7 p.m.

The space is part of the Commercialization Station which consists of 5 bay spaces for businesses, including FedEx.

Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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