Published: Feb 15, 2012 4:29 PM EST
Updated: Feb 15, 2012 4:41 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Edison and Ford Winter Estates will cut the ribbon on to celebrate a three-year restoration project Wednesday. Visitors can step inside to see the completion of the Edison Botanic Research Lab.

This 1928 lab is where Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone worked to find a source for rubber to be grown and shipped in the U.S.

Edison tested over 17,000 plants before finding a solution.

Much of his work in this lab actually led to the plant patent act of 1930.

Check it out Wednesday, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Estates will hold a ribbon cutting to unveil the $900,000 restoration project.

Some professors, scientists and engineers who consulted in the restoration will be on hand as well.