Call 1-800-GANNON-U
Skip to main content

A New Public Space to Go and Create

Published: 07/27/2021

TANNER MONDOK | Herald Local community leaders participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Valley Fab Lab at LTI in Sharon.

TANNER MONDOK | Herald Local community leaders participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Valley Fab Lab at LTI in Sharon.

"The walls are decorated, the rooms have desks for students, and there’s plenty of machines — two 3D printers, two laser engravers, a fabric printer, a large project printer, and a set of woodworking devices.

"Located in Laurel Technical Institute’s building at 200 Sterling Ave. in Sharon which hosts the Shenango Valley Community Connections Collaborative, the Fab Lab has seen limited use during the pandemic, but Thursday afternoon local officials a chance finally opened the lab’s doors to the public, LTI Executive Vice President Doug Decker said.

"The Fab Lab — a collaborative effort among Whole Life Services, the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Sharon, with LTI managing the space — is a digital fabrication makers’ space to help people and businesses to access supportive technology."

Click here to read more from the Sharon Herald about this new collaborative Fab Lab with insight from Maggie Horne, director of the SBDC at Gannon.