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The Latest News About the US Manufacturing Network


President Barack Obama announced the formation of a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation to strengthen US industry in March 2012 and renewed calls for it in his 2013 and 2014 State of the Union addresses.

Under his vision, the full network, which requires legislation from Congress, would be developed over a decade and consist of up to 45 regional hubs of public-private partnership, little Silicon Valleys of research and development for specific manufacturing technologies.

Each would develop specific manufacturing technologies, skilled workers and spin-off businesses in key technology areas.

Here is the latest news on the emerging network:

June 12, 2014
BIG M 2014: Why Manufacturers Ought to be Institutionalized - MfgEngMedia
Senior Editor Mike Anderson sat in on a panel discussion at the BIG M Event that included Edward Morris, Dennis Kekas, Alan Taub, and William King, who are leaders at America Makes, the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute (now called "Power America"), LM3I Institute in Canton, MI, and the Digital Lab in Chicago, respectively. Audience members had the chance to ask questions about the manufacturing network.

The Big M - NNMI Symposium

June 3, 2014:
Partners start hashing out details of Chicago's Digital Lab for Manufacturing - Chicago Tribune
Partners in the Digital Lab still have to answer important questions about working together with competitors--who will own intellectual property? Chicago deputy mayor acknowledged that the return "will be over a period of time. It's not going to be instantaneous."

 

May 28, 2014
Obama administration announces 12 regions to receive help attracting global manufacturers - AP
Twelve regions of the US have been chosen to receive resources from eleven federal departments, inlcuding Commerce, Labor, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. The regions are Southwest Alabama, Southern California, Northwest Georgia, Chicago Metro, South Kansas, Greater Portland in Maine, Southeastern Michigan, the New York Finger Lakes region, Southwestern Ohio Aerospace region, the Tennessee Valley, the Washington Puget Sound region, and the Milwaukee 7 region. 

 

May 22, 2014
NNMI--A Boon For Smaller Manufacturers? - Manufacturing.net
Karen Kurek, the national manufacturing leader for McGladrey LLP, says the NNMI will allow small- and medium-sized manufacturers opportunities and resources that they could not afford otherwise, especially the change for collaborative R&D.  

 

April 15, 2014
Manufacturing innovation is key to boosting growth - The Hill
Robert Atkinson argues that the RAMI Act is necessary in order to compete economically with other countries, as well as bridge the gap between the very early stages of research and commercial applications. 

 

April 9, 2014
Manufacturing Innovation Bill Advances in Senate - Industry Week
The "Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act," sponsored by Senators Roy Blunt and Sherrod Brown, was passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee today. 

 

March 24, 2014
Blunt bill to revive manufacturing sector gains steam in Senate - USA Today
Senator Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, is co-sponsor of a bill that will provide funding from the government for the manufacturing hubs to ensure the intiative can thrive even after Obama's term ends.  The bill also has the support of fellow sponsor Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, demonstrating the bipartisan appeal of the manufacturing network.   

 

March 18, 2014
Obama manufacturing hubs face uphill struggle to create jobs - Reuters 
One of the main goals of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is to create more jobs.  But in Youngstown, Ohio, home of the first innovation institute, America Makes, there are still few jobs to be found.  The handful of high-tech jobs created by the hubs may not be enough to boost the unemployment rate in the former steel town. 


March 13, 2014
NM lobbying White House for high-tech manufacturing hub - Albuquerque Journal
The New Mexico Advanced Photonics Manufacturing Consortium is reportedly in Washington DC this week to explain why the state should be consider for one of the next manufacturing hubs. One argument for their case is the state's expertise in optics and photonics technologies, which can be applied to many different industries.   

3D Systems Teams Up with the White House to Transform American Manufacturing - Globe Newswire (Press Release)
3D Systems, a company focused on additive manufacturing and 3D printing, announced today that it is participating in Chicago's Digital Lab.  3D Systems will provide some of its latest software, including its Geomagic line, to the lab. 

 

March 3, 2014
The Immense Ambition of Chicago's Digital Manufacturing Hub - Chicago Magazine
Chicago's Digital Lab isn't just a physical hub.  It includes the Digital Manufacturing Commons, an open-source software platform that allows companies to share data.  This "virtual lab" adds to the immense ambition of the institute.  

Why Obama is pushing high-tech manufacturing - CNN Money
The advanced and high-tech jobs created by the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation are not the same as manufacturing jobs in the past. Mark Muro of the Brookings Institute notes that the US will not have an advantage in low-end mass production, but can be leaders in innovative (and lucrative) technologies. 

 

March 2, 2014
Digital Lab for Manufacturing: A new way of making things - The Chicago Tribune
Companies participating in the digital manufacturing institute in Chicago include giants like Boeing, Caterpillar, and General Electric, but there are many smaller companies as well, like TechneGroup, which will be providing software.  Mike Lemon of TechneGroup told the Tribune he's excited for the exposure, but still isn't sure what else his business will gain, especially compared to larger rivals also participating in the hub. 

US Manufacturing Hubs

February 27, 2014
Notre Dame, Purdue, IU involved in manufacturing - AP
Notre Dame is a partner to both the LM3I in Michigan and the Digital Lab in Illinois.  Purdue and Indiana University will partner with the Digital Lab, specializing in digital manufacturing. 

 

February 26, 2014
NanoSteel Announces Founding Membership in New American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) - The NanoSteel Co.

This press release from NanoSteel announces the company's role as a founding member in the Canton, MI, manufacturing hub.  The NanoSteel Company specializes in nano-structured steel material designs.   

Two Colorado universities have starring role in new US advanced manufacturing projects - The Gazette
The Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, has been named one of four "core facilities" for the LM3I manufacturing hub in Canton, Michigan.  The University of Colorado at Boulder will work closely with the manufacturing hub in Chicago, Illinois (the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, or Digital Lab).  CU-Boulder will open a research center to focus on digital manufacturing and cybersecurity. 

 

February 25, 2014
President Obama Announces Two New Manufacturing Institutes, Launches Competition - The White House
President Obama officially announced the latest manufacturing hubs in Chicago, Illinois and Canton, Michigan, at a press conference today.President Obama in NC This press release from the White House details his plan to boost manufacturing. 

Video: President Obama Speaks on Manufacturing Innovation - The White House
Just after 3 PM on Tuesday, February 25, President Obama gave his official remarks on the manufacturing institutes. In case you didn't catch it live, here's the archived video.     

Bringing it Home: New Hubs Aim to Make Manufacturing Technologies Relevant - MfgEngMedia 
Debbie Holton, SME Director of Industry Strategy & Events, writes that new technology needs to fill a gap in the marketplace in order to get off the ground.  She says that SME bridges the gap between the theoretical (scientists, tinkers, innovators) and the practical (business owners, manufacturers).  SME's network will play a key role in the newest manufacturing institutes and help new technologies go from theory to marketplace.

SME Contributes Workforce and Education Expertise in Support of Digital Lab for Manufacturing - SME
SME will support the new manufacturing innovation institutes with training and workforce development programs.  Dean Bartles, current SME Vice President and Vice President of General Dynamics, is taking an early retirement and assuming the role of executive director for the Digital Lab in Chicago. 

Siemens Giving Software Used for SpaceX to Manufacturing Hub - Bloomberg
Siemens, one of six lead partners in the Chicago manufacturing hub dedicated to digital manufacturing, is giving the institute its PLM software that has been used for SpaceX.  The CEO of Siemens USA told Bloomberg that Europe already has numerous programs dedicated to manufacturing training and the US needs to follow suit.   

Ohio’s EWI, OSU and U-Michigan To Launch New National Manufacturing Institute - Press Release  
EWI teamed up with Ohio State University and the University of Michigan to be founding members of the consortium for LMMII (LM3I), the manufacturing hub based in Canton, Michigan. EWI, OSU and U-M will continue to be key players as the hub launches in the spring. 

WPI's Metal Processing Institute is a Core Facility for LM3I - Press Release
The Metal Processing institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts is one of four academic institutions that will work closely with LM3I in Canton, Michigan. 

Gov. Rick Snyder applauds President Barack Obama’s announcement of metro Detroit innovation hub - MLive
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released a statement applauding the Canton, Michigan, manufacturing hub, calling Michigan the "comeback state."

 

February 24, 2014
Michigan and Illinois Win Bid for Obama's Next Manufacturing Hubs - MfgEngMedia
The White House announced that Chicago and Canton, Michigan, are the sites of the next institutes in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.  President Obama is expected to make an official announcement during an event Tuesday, February 25. 

Chicago secures digital manufacturing site with help of private funds - Chicago Tribune
Chicago secured the third manufacturing hub this year, beating out MIT and Huntsville, Alabama, by pledging $320 million from private funding.  The Chicago institute will focus on digital manufacturing.

Canton Township supervisor heads to White House for Pres. Barack Obama’s metro Detroit manufacturing institute announcement - MLive
Phil LaJoy, supervisor of Canton Township, will be in attendance at the White House for President Obama's announcement on the most recent manufacturing hubs.  LaJoy told MLive that he did not yet know all the details, but stated that the city is "tremendously excited" to be chosen as the location.    

 

February 23, 2014
U-M: New Detroit area manufacturing hub to create 10,000 jobs - The Detroit News
The University of Michigan, one of three leading institutions for LM3I, the recently announced manufacturing hub in Canton, Michigan, says the hub will create about 10,000 jobs in the area. 

 

February 22, 2014
$140M prize: State wins manufacturing institute; will be built in Canton - Detroit Free Press
  
The White House announces the creation of two adidtional manufacturing hubs, including one in Michigan.  The Canton-based institute will focus on lightweighting and materials manufacturing.   

 

January 31, 2014
A Network of Little Silicon Valleys - MfgEngMedia
  
Editor in Chief Sarah Webster addresses the cynicism surrounding the manufacturing renaissance--and why it's entirely wrong.  She asks, "Can we really afford to bow out of the next industrial revolution?"

Silicon Valley to Wide-Bandgap Valley? - MfgEngMedia 
ABB President Greg Scheu discusses the new manufacturing hub at North Carolina State, dedicated to wide bandgap semiconductor technologies.  ABB is a member of the North Carolina consortium and a manufacturer of power electronics.

 

January 30, 2014
Manufacturing Network Takes Shape - MfgEngMedia
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama calls for the creation of six additional manufacturing innovation institutes this year. His proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation would include up to 45 hubs, each specializing in a different technology.       

 

December 1, 2013
NewsDesk: NAMII Rebrands as 'America Makes' - MfgEngMedia
NAMII changes its name to America Makes shortly after the one year anniversary of its opening. Leadership chose a name they felt represented the additive and rapid communities as a whole.

 

May 9, 2013
Video: Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Explained in 60 Seconds - The White House Blog
Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, explains the significance of the manufacturing institutes as part of President Obama's plan to reinvest in manufacturing jobs.

 

October 1, 2012
NewsDesk: Additive Manufacturing Institute Part of Broader Vision - MfgEngMedia

President Obama proposes a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a concept that is endorsed by a manufacturing steering committee. NAMII would be the flagship manufacturing hub. The network (NNMI) needs to be approved by Congress before it can move forward. 

 

August 16, 2012Debbie Holton
SME to Play Key Role in Additive Institute - MfgEngMedia 
 
SME announces it will play a key role in the startup of the first manufacturing hub, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, Ohio. SME has been a leader in rapid and additive manufacturing technologies since the mid-1980s.
 

 


Published Date : 2/24/2014

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