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For $1 a minute — $60 an hour — Tad Robinette rents a programmable machine that can turn his laptop software into gold. Well, not gold, but a small aluminum part Robinette has turned into a lucrative contract with a weapons manufacturer.

“It’s amazing,” said Robinette of Charleston. He said he is prohibited from revealing either the amount of the contract or exactly what weapon part he will manufacture from one of two Robert C. Byrd Institute shops. “I’m still wrapping my head around it.”

Greg Stone covers business. He can be reached at 304-348-5124 or gstone@hd

mediallc.com.

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