Today, President Obama announced the establishment of two new public-private manufacturing innovation institutes located in Detroit and Chicago. A partnership of 60 nonprofits, universities, and businesses in Detroit are joining with the Department of Defense (DOD) to open the Lightweight Modern Metal Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I). With a federal commitment of $140 million and a matching private commitment of more than $140 million - divided between Detroit and Chicago - this regional advanced manufacturing hub will specialize in metal and material design to make commercial as well as defense vehicles safer and more fuel efficient. This partnership between the government, industry, universities, and nonprofits will generate well-paying jobs and offer job training to both students and workers. Prior to attending the White House announcement, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement:
"I applaud President Obama for his vision of a national network of advancing manufacturing hubs - and his commitment to the Motor City - with the establishment of the Lightweight Modern Metal Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I) in Detroit. This public-private venture is a unique partnership between 60 leading businesses, universities, nonprofits, and the Department of Defense (DOD) that will work to create thousands of well-paying jobs, provide community job training opportunities, and boost metropolitan Detroit's economy," said Conyers.
"Specifically, the LM3I partnership will conduct material design research and develop products - based on their findings - employing advanced metal manufacturing techniques. These designs and manufactured products will improve the safety, performance, and fuel efficiency of vehicles for consumers as well as our armed forces. For instance, specialized aluminum developed from members of the LM3I partnership has allowed a commercial truck manufacturer to shed 700 pounds from their automotive design, greatly reducing the company's costs and allowing them to increase hiring. In addition, the LM3I advanced manufacturing hub will offer educational courses and job training for individuals with all levels of experience; everyone from an interested student to a worker with decades of manufacturing experience will be welcome.
"Detroit powered the global automobile revolution and, in the process, built the foundation for an American middle class. Now, an unprecedented partnership between the Obama Administration, leading universities, nonprofits, and businesses has formed to write the next chapter in Detroit's proud history and drive an American manufacturing renaissance. With unmatched grit and determination, Detroit will lead the country forward once again."