WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the release of the President’s FY2016 Budget, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the budget includes $350 million to support seven new manufacturing hubs. In December 2014, The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) – Brown’s bipartisan manufacturing jobs legislation that would create the first-ever national network of manufacturing hubs – was signed into law by President Obama.
“To remain competitive, the United States must invest in advanced manufacturing to help American companies out-innovate our foreign competitors,” Brown said. “I’m encouraged that the budget includes funds that would create more regional, create regional, industry-led hubs that will leverage local expertise and create high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs for American workers.”
RAMI will establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), bringing together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and all levels of government to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications. By establishing public-private institutes to leverage resources to bridge the gap between basic research and product development, it would create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States’ role as the world’s leader in advanced manufacturing. The legislation was supported by more than 150 companies, universities, and industry organizations.
Using this model, the Administration recently announced a new advanced manufacturing innovation institutes. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville will be divided into five regionally focused institutes with Ohio hosting the compressed gas storage institute at the University of Dayton. The project connects a 122-member consortium of public and private entities including The Ohio State University; Polymer Ohio; the National Composite Center; GE; GrafTech International and more. Another hub, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), is 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. NNMI’s pilot is Youngstown’s “America Makes,” formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).