Machine & Welding of Danbury a family-owned and operated company established in 2013, is investing approximately $3 million in a new 37,500-square-foot building where it will relocate its manufacturing operations from its current 8,500-square-foot facility. The company is a manufacturer specializing in making steel components for cell towers and transformer platforms for utility poles. The new shop is located near Forsyth Tech Community College’s Stokes County Center, where the school has recently launched a welding program. Mark Hopkinson, the company CFO/COO, said he is developing a relationship with the school that could eventually provide a pipeline of welders, which remain in short supply across the Triad, to MWD. The company currently employs 17, Hopkinson expects a need for an additional 10 to 15 jobs when the new facility opens, with plans to eventually grow to about 50 employees. MWD will continue to lease its current space, likely for warehousing.