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New research facility celebrates grand opening in Bedford County

The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research will serve as a test site for engineers in the nuclear and wireless technology fields

August 25, 2011|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief

NEW LONDON, Va. — Advancements in two major industries could soon be coming out of a new facility in Bedford County.

The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research celebrated its grand opening today.  The building will serve as a test site for engineers in the nuclear and wireless technology fields.

Lynchburg companies like Harris, B and W, and Areva will use the center for different research projects.

In addition to creating new jobs for the region, officials hope this facility will put a spotlight on science.

"We feel like this facility can go a long way toward communicating to the public both the importance of science to the economy, and also the fact that its an exciting field to be in," said Bob Bailey, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research.

The center is partnering with colleges like Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia.  Students will use the new building to help Lynchburg companies with research and product development.

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