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South Bend Tribune via AP, Robert Franklin
People tour the testing facilities during an open house at the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in South Bend, Ind.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — University of Notre Dame officials hope a new $36 million turbomachinery laboratory it's opening will raise its research profile and lead to more businesses moving into a South Bend technology park.

Notre Dame Vice President for Research Robert Bernhard says the 25,000-square-foot, off-campus facility will become a catalyst for economic development.

The facility will allow researchers to test parts of turbomachines in a way where they can alter pressure, temperature and speed while seeing what's going on inside.

The lab currently employs 37 people and will eventually employ about 60. It also is expected to create another 60 jobs with businesses that will supply the lab.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tah-juhj) says the best part is they are good-paying, high-tech jobs.