ELYRIA — With light rain falling, a large yellow bulldozer plowed over the space that will soon be The Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems at Lorain County Community College.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place yesterday for the new 46,000-square-foot building, which will focus on the commercialization of sensors and microsystems.

“We will be working to commercialize tiny technology,” said Matthew Apanius, director of the SMART Center.

Speakers at the groundbreaking included U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, Mark Kvamme, president of JobsOhio, and Richard Desich, LCCC trustee, for whom the new center is named. Each of them noted the relevance of the new building, set to open in 2013, and what it will bring to Lorain County.

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