WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate’s Manufacturing Caucus, including its co-chairmen, Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., has endorsed U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s call to establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

Brown, D-Ohio, is the author of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, which would establish a network of public-private institutes modeled on the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown. The legislation is designed to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications.

The bill was introduced by Brown and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Miss.

“This is about providing the manufacturing infrastructure this country needs to retain our competitive edge,” Brown said. “I thank Co-Chairs Graham and Stabenow for their support of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act. This bipartisan bill would ensure that American workers, universities, and large and small manufacturers can out-compete and out-innovate the rest of the world. We know that manufacturing has strong ripple effects on the rest of our economy and helped build America’s middle class. So we need to make sure that we don’t cede American leadership to countries that are racing to get ahead.”

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