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Michigan and Illinois Win Bid for Obama's Next Manufacturing Hubs


By Katelyn DaMour
Assistant Editor

The White House is preparing to announce the next two manufacturing innovation institutes as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute, or LM3I, will receive $140 million in funding—$70 million from the federal government and the remainder from other private or public sources.  Meanwhile, the Chicago-based center will be focused on digital manufacturing, according to the Chicago Tribune.   An example of lightweighting using aluminum in the body of the 2014 Land Rover Sport

The two new institutes are the latest to be announced in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).  The first institute was the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, or NAMII, in Youngstown, Ohio, which is focused on additive manufacturing. That institute has since been renamed “America Makes.” The second institute was announced in January in North Carolina. It will be focused on wide bandgap semiconductor technologies.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan told the Free Press that Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based organization that provides job skills training for manufacturing, will play a key role.

Published Date : 2/24/2014

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