Madisonville will soon be home to a “makerspace,” a facility furnished with various tools and equipment where people can explore everything from small-scale manufacturing to hobbies.
Thanks to a federal grant of almost $1.1 million, the Madisonville Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation is buying the old moving and storage property at 130 N. Seminary. The 7,000-square-foot main building will house wood and metal production equipment, electronics and robotics, computers and printers, and textile machinery.
The plan, said EDC President Ray Hagerman, is to create a facility that enables those who have an idea for a “work with your hands” business, but can’t afford the expensive equipment, to get started. The building, called Kentucky Movers and Makers, will compliment the Innovation Station soon to open nearby. That facility, more of a business incubator, is geared toward high-tech or service type businesses.