WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) and Roy Blunt’s (R-MO) bipartisan manufacturing jobs legislation moved one step closer to becoming law. Today, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed their bipartisan manufacturing hubs bill, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI). Brown-Blunt would establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States’ role as the world’s leader in advanced manufacturing. In April, the Senate Commerce Committee also passed RAMI.
“Our workers can compete against anyone in the world,” Brown said. “Establishing a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation would create thousands of jobs and ensure the United States remains the global leader in advanced manufacturing. I thank Congressmen Kennedy and Reed, Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Johnson, and the entire House Science, Space, and Technology Committee for supporting this bipartisan legislation and helping it take another step toward becoming law.”
RAMI would bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government, to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications. These public-private institutes would leverage resources to bridge the gap between basic research and product development. Using this model, the Administration recently announced two new advanced manufacturing innovation institutes. One, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), will establish a unique public-private partnership jointly led by The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, and the Columbus-based Edison Welding Institute (EWI). The project is projected to create more than 10,000 jobs in the next five years. This institute was based on the NNMI pilot, Youngstown’s “America Makes,” formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).