Loebsack Applauds Announcement of Investment to Bring Advanced Manufacturing Institute to Iowa’s Three Universities Print
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:56

$70 million investment will leverage additional $250 million in private funds to focus on digital manufacturing

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today praised the announcement by President Obama that will establish a public-private partnership to boost advanced manufacturing through the Department of Defense. All three of Iowa’s public universities, University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, will be involved in the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute, which will be headed by UI Labs based in Chicago. Last year, Loebsack led the charge among the members of Iowa’s House delegation to ensure Iowa’s premiere universities would be included in this consortium of 73 companies, universities, nonprofits, and research labs. Iowa based companies involved with the DMDI Institute include Deere & Company, Rockwell Collins, General Dynamics - Ordnance & Tactical Systems, General Electric, Honeywell and Siemens.

“Today’s announcement will lead to the creation of good, high-paying jobs across the country in the manufacturing field,” said Loebsack. “We must continue to focus on growing the economy and putting Iowans back to work. Investing in our universities and other businesses, which in turn leverages public-private partnerships, helps strengthen the economy and promote job creation.”

Specifically, the DMDI Institute will create a novel partnership between world-leading manufacturing experts and cutting-edge software companies to enable interoperability across the supply chain, develop enhanced digital capabilities to design and test new products, and reduce costs in manufacturing processes across multiple industries.

The consortium consists of the following members:

23 Universities and Labs: University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Colorado University – Boulder, Illinois Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Southern Illinois University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, University of Louisville, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, University of Texas – Austin, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Western Illinois University.


41 Companies: 3D Systems, ANSYS, Autodesk, Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc., Boeing, Caron Engineering Inc., Caterpillar, CG Tech, Cincinnati Inc., Colorado Association for Manufacturing & Technology, Cray, Dassault Systems, Deere & Company, DMG Mori, Evolved Analytics LLC, General Dynamics - Ordnance & Tactical Systems, General Electric, Haas Automation, Honeywell, Illinois Tool Works, Imagecom Inc. (Aspire 3D), International TechneGroup Inc., Kennametal, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, MSC Software, North American Die Casting Association, National Instruments, Nimbis Services Inc., Okuma, Palo Alto Research Center, Parlec, Procter & Gamble, Product Development & Analysis, PTC, Inc., Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, System Insights, The Dow Chemical Company, UPS.

9 Other Organizations: American Foundry Society, City of Chicago – Department of Housing & Economic Opportunity, Colorado OEDIT, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, MT Connect Institute, Reshoring Initiative, UI Labs.

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