(photo – courtesy of CBS News)

Monday, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,881,221 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology for the A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Martinsville, also known as GENEDGE. The grant will support the organization’s efforts to meet the evolving needs of manufacturing in Virginia by helping small and mid-sized businesses develop new products and customers, expand into global markets, adopt new technology, and support domestic production efforts.