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Blog: Senator Coons Applauds White House's New Manufacturing Initiative

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Today in Pittsburgh, President Obama introduced the new Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) initiative to spur American manufacturing, drawing praise from Senator Coons and others in Congress who have been pushing for measures to increase our competitiveness and strengthen our manufacturing base.

This initiative will encourage private industries, universities, and the federal government to work together to invest in emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness.

"Americans must work together across all sectors to ensure that our country remains the leader in innovation," Chris said. "The federal government has a long history of partnering with industry and academia to invest in the research and development of innovative technologies. I applaud the President's leadership and look forward to seeing the AMP in action."

The President's plan, which leverages existing programs and proposals, will invest more than $500 million to jumpstart this effort. Investments will be made in several areas, including national security industries, next-generation robotics, increasing the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes, and developing technologies that will dramatically reduce the time required to design, build, and test manufactured goods.

Delaware is emerging as a regional center for advanced manufacturing, and initiatives like AMP have the potential to benefit innovative businesses throughout the state and, in turn, lead to job creation for Delawareans.

Chris strongly supports the AMP's goal for developing infrastructure and establishing shared facilities that will allow small and mid-sized manufactures to innovate and compete. Since being sworn-in, Chris has been a strong advocate for emerging and innovative companies, which were the focus of his first piece of legislation, the Job Creation Through Innovation Act.

Among the manufacturers included in AMP are Honeywell and Procter and Gamble, and it will be led in part by Andrew Liveris, the Chairman, President, and CEO of Dow Chemical, which operates an electronic chip production plant in Newark, Delaware, that employs over 600 people.

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