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Senators Blunt, Brown Introduce Bill To Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing

Legislation Bolsters Job Creation Through Partnership Of Public-Private “Innovation Hubs”

August 02, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) introduced the “Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013” this week, bipartisan legislation that would establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI) to position the United States as the global leader in advanced manufacturing once again.

Missouri is home to world class research institutions and innovative manufacturers, large and small. The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act will create a network of manufacturing innovation hubs across the country, which will focus America's efforts to develop and produce the next generation of manufactured products.
 
“Missouri’s universities, research institutions, suppliers, manufacturers, and corporations are ideally situated to propel us forward as we take the next steps in the development of advanced manufacturing products," said Blunt. “This bipartisan bill will create an important network of partnerships to bolster private sector job creation nationwide.”

Missourians Applaud The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013:

• “We are grateful to Senator Blunt for his leadership and support of manufacturing in Missouri and across the country. This legislation will help chart a new course to support Made-in-America manufacturing in the technology sector and help prevent losing U.S. manufacturing jobs,” said Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and CEO of Brewer Science headquartered in Rolla, Mo.

• “Sustained economic security depends on both scientific breakthroughs and the ability to successfully translate those discoveries into real products. This legislation recognizes the critical roles that universities, government, and industry play in the creation of new materials, the development of new processes, and the education of a highly-skilled workforce,” said Mark Wrighton, Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

• “The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act will help us to build on the work we are already doing with local universities and community colleges to ensure that we are as competitive internationally and create as many high-paying manufacturing jobs as possible,” said Don Nissanka,  CEO of Exergonix, a manufacturer of energy storage systems and a company focused on building the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

• “These NMI hubs would allow and encourage collaboration from design to full implementation of innovative ways to manufacture complex products to meet our future needs. Universities like ours across the nation are ready and willing to work in lock-step and with industry to do what will be required for our manufacturing capabilities to continue to be at a world-class level,” said Dr. K. Krishnamurthy, Vice Provost for Research at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.

Background On The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act:

• The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act will leverage federal resources with non-governmental know-how in a broad assortment of manufacturing sectors that Americans and people all over the world will come to rely on in the future.

• The bipartisan bill is designed to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and all levels of government to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications. It would establish public-private institutes to leverage resources to bridge the gap between basic research and product development.

• Senators Blunt and Brown worked together to pass a bipartisan amendment to the FY14 Senate Budget aimed at supporting the creation of a network of manufacturing innovation hubs. The Brown/Blunt FY14 Budget amendment was supported by a number of organizations, including:

 o National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
 o Association for Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)
 o SEMI North America
 o US Conference of Mayors
 o Association of Public and Land Grant Universities
 o Council on Competitiveness
 o International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
 o American Society for Engineering Education
 o United Auto Workers (UAW)
 o Association of American Universities
 o Semiconductor Industry Association
 o American Automotive Policy Council

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