U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) attended a ceremony today at the White House where President Obama announced Michigan winning the Advanced Lightweight Metals Innovation public/private partnership.
This new partnership will create a lightweight metal hub here in Michigan where members of the world's leading aluminum, titanium, and high strength steel manufacturers and users will be joined by universities, laboratories and organizational partners to work together to develop new technologies for manufacturing lightweight metals.
The long-term goal of the of this hub will be to expand the market for and create new consumers of products and systems that utilize new lightweight, high‑performing metals and alloys by removing technological barriers to their manufacture.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for Michigan and the region," said U.S. Rep. Levin. "It's not just the thousands of jobs the Lightweight Metals hub is expected to create in our region over the next 5 years. This is a chance for America to regain the lead in critical areas of advanced manufacturing. Michigan is an obvious choice to host the Lightweight Metals hub. It builds on our state's core manufacturing strengths and Michigan's skilled workforce."