Southeast Michigan Manufacturing Innovation Hub to be Announced

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, today will attend President Obama's announcement of a new high-tech manufacturing research innovation hub to open in metro Detroit. The President will formally announce today at the White House that the new American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute will be located in Canton. The public-private partnership is expected to create thousands of new jobs in the region in the next five years. Senator Stabenow worked with her Democratic colleagues from Michigan to urge the administration to locate the new hub in Southeast Michigan.

"Today's announcement is great news for Michigan's manufacturing economy," said Stabenow. "This public-private partnership will build on the great work already being done by our manufacturers, workers and universities to help create thousands of Michigan jobs. Major investments like this will help ensure that we continue creating high-tech, cutting-edge jobs and training our workers with the right skills to fill them."

The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute will focus on bringing next-generation lightweight metals to market for use in cars, trucks, airplanes and other commercial, personal and military vehicles. Lightweight metals can reduce fuel consumption to help consumers and businesses save money at the pump. In addition to fostering research and development of these materials, the institute will establish training programs to train the next generation of engineers and manufacturing workers.