WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) and Roy Blunt’s (R-MO) bipartisan manufacturing jobs legislation moved one step closer to becoming law. During an executive session of the Senate Commerce Committee, the bipartisan manufacturing hubs bill, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI), was passed out of Committee. Brown-Blunt would establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States’ role as the world’s leader in advanced manufacturing.  

“Our workers can compete against anyone in the world,” Brown said. “Establishing a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation would create thousands of jobs and ensure the United States remains the global leader in advanced manufacturing. I thank Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Thune, and the entire Commerce Committee for supporting this bipartisan legislation and helping it take another step towards becoming law.”

“I’m pleased we’ve taken the next steps to advance this bipartisan bill which would strengthen American innovation and job creation and position our nation as the global leader in advanced manufacturing by establishing an important network of partnerships in Missouri and across the country,” Blunt said. “I thank Senator Brown for his tireless work to revitalize U.S. manufacturing, and I’ll keep working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass pro-growth policies that encourage innovation and put more Americans back to work.”

RAMI would bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government, to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications. These public-private institutes would leverage resources to bridge the gap between basic research and product development. Using this model, the Administration recently announced two new advanced manufacturing innovation institutes. One, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), will establish a unique public-private partnership jointly led by The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, and the Columbus-based Edison Welding Institute (EWI). The project is projected to create more than 10,000 jobs in the next five years. This institute was based on the NNMI pilot, Youngstown’s “America Makes,” formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).

Endorsements for the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act


  1. Aerospace Industries Association
  2. Alliance for American Manufacturing
  3. America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA)
  4. American Association of Community Colleges
  5. American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC)
  6. American Chemistry Council
  7. American Iron and Steel Institute
  8. American Small Manufacturers Coalition
  9. American Society for Engineering Education
  10. ASME (founded as American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  11. Association of American Universities (AAU) & Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
  12. Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  13. Business Roundtable
  14. Center for Innovative Food Technology
  15. Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
  16. City of Dayton
  17. Columbus Chamber of Commerce
  18. Columbus Partnership
  19. Dayton Development Coalition
  20. Dayton Region Manufacturers Association
  21. Delaware BioScience Association
  22. Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  23. Edison Welding Institute
  24. Forging Industry Association
  25. Global Automakers    
  26. Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
  27. Jordan Valley Innovation Center
  28. Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  29. Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET)
  30. Mayor Michael Coleman of Columbus, OH
  31. Medical Device Manufacturers Association
  32. Missouri Association of Manufacturers
  33. Missouri Biotechnology Association
  34. Missouri Economic Development Council
  35. Missouri Enterprise
  36. Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)
  37. National Association of Manufacturers
  38. National Composites Center
  39. National Modeling and Simulation Coalition
  40. The New England Council
  41. Ohio Aerospace Institute
  42. Ohio Association of Community Colleges
  43. Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition
  44. Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
  45. One Voice – the joint effort between the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
  46. The Optical Society
  47. PolymerOhio, Inc.
  48. Saint Louis Economic Development Partnership
  49. Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)
  50. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)
  51. Society for Modeling and Simulation International
  52. Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative
  53. Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  54. Tech Columbus


  1. Alcoa
  2. ANSYS
  3. Applied Materials
  4. Appvion
  5. AT&T
  6. Autodesk
  7. BAE Systems
  8. Ball Corporation
  9. BASF Corporation
  10. Battelle Memorial Institute    
  11. Boeing
  12. Brewer Science
  13. Caterpillar Inc.
  14. Corning
  15. Delphi Automotive
  16. DJW Technology
  17. Dow Chemical
  18. Dupont
  19. Eastman Chemical Company
  20. First Solar
  21. GE
  22. Goodyear
  23. Graftech
  24. Honda
  25. Honeywell
  26. IBM
  27. Intel
  28. Libbey Glass
  29. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  30. Navistar
  31. New Balance
  32. Nucor
  33. Owens Illinois
  34. Procter & Gamble
  35. Raytheon
  36. Rockwell Automation
  37. Siemens
  38. Silfex, Inc. and Lam Research Corporation
  39. Smiths Group
  40. SRC Holdings Corp
  41. SunEdison
  42. TechSolve
  43. Texas Instruments
  44. United Technologies
  45. U.S. Steel Corporation
  46. Volkswagen Group of America
  47. Whirlpool
  48. Xerox


  1. Carnegie Mellon University
  2. Case Western Reserve University
  3. Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
  4. Delaware Technical Community College
  5. Georgia Institute of Technology
  6. Indiana University
  7. Miami University
  8. North Central State College
  9. Northwest State Community College
  10. The Ohio State University
  11. Ohio University
  12. Ohio University Innovation Center
  13. Ozark Technical Community College
  14. Rochester Institute of Technology
  15. Stark State College
  16. University of California – Berkley
  17. University of California – Irvine
  18. University of Cincinnati
  19. University of Colorado-Boulder
  20. University of Illinois
  21. University of Michigan
  22. University of Missouri
  23. University of New Hampshire
  24. University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  25. University of Notre Dame
  26. University of Southern California
  27. University of Tennessee Knoxville
  28. University of Toledo
  29. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  30. University of Wisconsin System
  31. Washington State Community College
  32. Youngstown State University
  33. Zane State College