Partnering To Advance Ohio Manufacturing
By Senator Scott Oelslager
December 18, 2013
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One of my top priorities has been protecting and growing Ohio jobs.  Throughout this General Assembly, it has been my privilege to help move forward policy that does just that and makes Ohio a better place to live, work and raise a family.
The United States Department of Defense is currently looking for a home for the American Lightweight Materials manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALM31), which carries with it a $70 million grant in order to establish the program. In response, the state legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 33 this month to urge the United States Department of Defense to choose an Ohio/Michigan partnership as the home for the program. If chosen, the partnership would be made up of the Edison Welding Institute, The Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan, where they would work to design, develop and implement innovative manufacturing technologies.

Placement of this institute would mean great things for Ohio's place in this growing industry. These advanced manufacturing technologies will have the potential to meet critical national security and energy needs.
Award recipients will go through a competitive process with the Department of Defense, which is currently seeking applicants.  This resolution expresses the Ohio General Assembly’s support for the Ohio-based application.  We are excited for this opportunity to move forward on a collaboration that will not only bring jobs to our communities, but will add to Ohio’s continuing workforce development efforts.  
As always, I want to hear your thoughts, concerns, and ideas, so please do not hesitate to contact me by calling (614) 466-0626, emailing, or by writing me at 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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