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One local company is growing, and growing our area's economy at the same time. Experts say Genesis Systems Group is helping put the Quad Cities on the map, and helping manufacturing make a comeback.

The company's Chief Operating Officer shows us the newest building on Vine Street. "So what you're looking at here," Pat Pollock says, "61 thousand square feet. This is where we're going to do what we refer to as our standard product." Pollock says the company needs this space, no longer outsourcing as much manufacturing, and now manufacturing in more industries.  "We're moving into aerospace. We're doing construction and mining. We're doing a lot of rail work."

A lot more work than when this company was founded 30 years ago. Now one of North America's largest robotic integrators, Genesis Systems Group will add nine workers to its staff of 163. The expansion is expected to bring more than six and a half million dollars to the area's economy each year, along with tens of thousands of dollars in property taxes. And experts say, much more.

Paul Rumler is the Chief Economic Development Office with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. He says, "We hear stories where a company in South America might put out a bid for automated machinery. And when they put out that bid, the top five responses will come from companies located right here in the Quad Cities."

After a decline in manufacturing a decade ago, Rumler says we are seeing a renaissance. The Quad Cities is now recognized as a top five manufacturing community, for robotics and more high-tech processes. "It's new-age. It's cool manufacturing," Rumler tells us. "It's not a dirty machine shop anymore." That's something that requires a whole different skill set.

And it's something career advisors say employers and workers are focusing on. Jennifer Marme-Lowery is a Career Advisor at Partners in Job Training. She says, "There's been a lot lately of welding, CNC programmers, solid works and those kinds of things." Things that come from job training programs or local colleges and universities, and are then funneled back into local businesses.

Genesis Systems Group will continue to house its larger machines at it's Harrison Street headquarters. This Vine Street expansion is expected to be up and running by the second week in January.

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