COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University, along with Columbus-based EWI and the University of Michigan, are co-founders of a consortium of universities, companies and nonprofits that will establish a $148 million high-tech manufacturing research institute, the White House announced this weekend.
The White House will officially announce the new institute Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
"We are proud to be working with such an outstanding founding group in establishing this important national institute, which will bring together resources from industry, government and academia to enhance the region's competitiveness, create opportunities for students and generate economic growth," said Ohio State Interim President Joseph A. Alutto.The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) is expected to create 10,000 new jobs in the Midwest in the next five years in support of a rapidly expanding lightweight materials industry.

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