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Critz Statement on Pennsylvania Winning New Manufacturing Initiative Institute Program

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Today, the Obama Administration announced that a consortium of businesses, universities, and community colleges from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia have been selected for a new public-private institute for manufacturing innovation. This new partnership, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), was selected through a competitive process, led by the Department of Defense, to award an initial $30 million in federal funding, matched by $40 million from the winning consortium, which includes manufacturing firms, universities, community colleges, and non-profit organizations from the Pennsylvania-Ohio-West Virginia "Tech Belt.'

"We must do everything we can to help and encourage businesses to invest in the United States - which creates jobs and helps families," said Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12), a member of the House Make It in America Task Force. "A large part of this continual effort is to revitalize and strengthen American manufacturing so that products sold here are made here, and not in places like China. Today's exciting announcement means that Pennsylvania companies, colleges, and organizations will serve as a regional hub of manufacturing excellence to help make our manufacturers more competitive and to encourage new investment in the United States."

The winning consortium is led by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), Latrobe, PA, and includes:

40 Companies: Allegheny Technologies, AlphaMicron, Applied Systems and Technology Transfer, Autodesk, Boeing, Catalyst Connection, Energy Industries of Ohio, ExOne, FMW Composites, General Dynamics, General Electric, Honeywell, IBM, Johnson Controls, Kennametal, Kent Displays, Laser Technology Assts, Lockheed Martin, Lubrizol, M-7 Technologies, MicroFab Technologies, Morris, Northrop Grumman, nScrypt, OSRAM Sylvania, Optomec, Oxford Performance Materials, Paramount Industries / 3D Systems, Parker Hannifin, Plextronix, POM, RTI, Ruger, Sciaky, Stratasys, Stratonics, Timken, Touchstone Research Lab, Westinghouse Nuclear, Wohlers Associates

9 Research Universities: Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, Lehigh University, Penn State University, Robert Morris University, University of Akron, University of Pittsburgh, Youngstown State University

5 Community Colleges: Eastern Gateway Community College, Lorain County Community College, Northampton Community College, Penn College of Technology, Westmoreland County Community College


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