WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $185,000 to Youngstown Business Incubator’s (YBI) Tech Block Building No.5 (TBB5) for 3D printing software and equipment, which will help startup manufacturers integrate 3D printing capabilities into their businesses.

“The Mahoning Valley is an epicenter for Ohio manufacturing,” said Brown. “This investment to the Youngstown Business Incubator will give startup manufacturers in the area the leading edge they need to grow their businesses and create jobs in the area.”

YBI helps facilitate the creation of high-value businesses through collaborative partnerships that promote innovative technologies and long-term, sustainable employment opportunities, with a focus on information technology and advanced manufacturing. Tech Block Building No. 5 is the headquarters for additive manufacturing, where the incubator’s high value equipment is housed and made available to startups.