New Initiative Will Help Residents Improve Their Communities And Homes

Cincinnati, OH, September 4, 2019 – CoMADE, the ground-breaking manufacturing initiative created to serve the Greater Cincinnati region, has opened a comprehensive tool library to help residents improve their communities and homes.

Located in the former 32,000 sq.ft. Kroger grocery store on East McMillan Street in Walnut Hills, the tool library represents a $25,000 investment by CoMADE to provide tools and training for local residents to undertake personal or community projects. Individuals simply have to register with CoMADE and pay a very small annual fee to receive tools on loan and the necessary training to tackle jobs around their homes and neighborhood. 

CoMADE is a $26-million pioneering, non-profit initiative that brings entrepreneurs, manufacturers and workers together under one roof to create jobs, opportunities and hope.  It will provide workshops, production space, a manufacturing incubator, training, job opportunities and community support programs.  It is temporarily housed in the former Kroger grocery store but it will be permanently housed in a 100,000 sq. ft. purpose-built center within Cincinnati’s Uptown Innovation Corridor at Avondale.  The permanent center, which is due to open in the Spring of 2022, is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and follows an intense study of more than 100 manufacturing programs across 17 U.S. cities. It is expected to create about 100 new manufacturing businesses and more than 1,000 local jobs in its first five years of operation.

The manager of CoMADE’s Walnut Hills location, Carla Butler, commented: “The neighborhood has embraced our mission and we are clearly delighted to be able to launch the tool library that will give us the opportunity to help local residents improve their homes and community.  We will provide full training to ensure the tools can be used safely and effectively.”

The tool library is open for further equipment donations of hand or power tools to supplement its inventory.

“Many people acquire tools that they no longer use or that are used perhaps once a year. Putting unwanted or rarely used equipment into the library will allow these tools to be used to the benefit of many people,” Butler added.

CoMADE is also interested in hearing from craftsmen or women who may have retired or who are not currently working and would be willing to volunteer their time at the tool library to provide advice and guidance to individuals borrowing equipment for home or community projects.

Anyone who has tools they would like to donate or who would like to volunteer at the library should contact Carla Butler at the CoMADE office on East McMillan Street in Walnut Hills.

CoMADE will also soon add additional services at Walnut Hills including affordable shared working space, training programs, prototyping and micro-factory workshops for up to 100 people.

Full details about the new services at the Walnut Hills CoMADE location can be obtained at www.wh.comade.org

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About CoMADE

CoMADE (www.comade.organd www.wh.comade.org)  is a pioneering, non-profit initiative that brings entrepreneurs, manufacturers and workers together under one roof to create jobs, opportunities and hope.  It will provide workshops, production space, a manufacturing incubator, training, job opportunities and community support programs.  It will leverage Cincinnati’s authentic core strengths in physical products and manufacturing to drive economic growth, job growth and community growth.

For more information, please contact:

Paul Fox

T: 513 375 9230

E: paulfox@derdaleconsulting.com