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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A neighborhood organization is partnering with a manufacturing group to turn a century-old St. Louis factory into an incubator for small industrial firms.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that DeSales Community Housing Corporation and St. Louis Makes held a presentation Thursday at what will be the Brick City Makes building.

The facility will offer space for urban manufacturers looking for room to perfect their products and connect with similar companies.

St. Louis Makes official Marc Bowers says small factories can offer jobs to a larger pool of people as the city works on inclusive economic growth.

DeSales Community Housing official Tom Pickel says the group hopes to secure financing to finish the $12 million rehab project by this summer, with spaces opening by the next year.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,