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Va manufacturing research center gets new member

Wednesday - 1/15/2014, 4:00am  ET

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (AP) -- An advanced manufacturing research center in Prince George County is getting a new partner.

Officials say National Instruments has joined the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing as its 17th industry member.

The Texas company helps engineers and scientists develop innovations and solutions for energy, aerospace, automotive and other industries. It serves 35,000 companies worldwide.

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing does research for a group of manufacturing companies under a partnership with Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and the University of Virginia.

The consortium that supports the center's research includes Rolls-Royce, Newport News Shipbuilding and Siemens.

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