NNMI Rebrands as Manufacturing USA
Manufacturing USA is the new brand name for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently announced that Manufacturing USA is the new brand name for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The network consists of public-private institutes dedicated to manufacturing innovation, education and collaboration. Secretary Pritzker made the announcement at the annual International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.
“Today, I am thrilled to announce Manufacturing USA,” said Pritzker. “With our new name, Manufacturing USA captures the geographic reach of a network that spans our country and is positioned to benefit companies of all sizes from coast to coast. But more importantly, this name embodies our vision for a unified American manufacturing sector—where the brightest minds and the most innovative companies come together to develop the most cutting-edge technology in the world.”
Over the past four years, the Obama Administration has announced nine manufacturing innovation institutes, with up to six more planned by 2017. The current institutes are operated by the Departments of Defense and Energy. The institutes have grown their membership to more than 1,300 companies, initiated 240 research and development projects, contributed to workforce development with a variety of educational programs, and stimulated the growth of the regional ecosystem for manufacturing innovation in their particular technology focus areas. The new Manufacturing USA name will be used to increase awareness throughout the manufacturing community.
For more information, visit www.manufacturingusa.com.