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Details revealed on $50M Purdue Research Park development

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – More details are released about the $50 million development coming to the Purdue Research Park.

As 24-Hour News 8 sister station News 18 previously reported, workers are expected to break ground on the a 62,000-square-foot building this spring. The Indiana Manufacturing Institute will occupy half that space. The facility is planned for the corner of Kalberer and Yeager roads.

West Lafayette Development Director Chandler Poole said the institute will research composite material manufacturing for lighter-weight machines.

The Manufacturing Institute is one of five being formed around the nation as part of the Federal Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. The sites are funded by the Department of Energy along with other universities.

“This is a new initiative. They’re trying to find ways to incentivize and increase research and production on high-tech materials,” Poole said. “We’re very fortunate because of the reputation of Purdue that they were able to secure this.”

Automotive Robotics Proving Labs had originally planned to build on the piece of land. But in December 2013, it pulled out of the $10 million investment.