Congressman Tim Ryan Joining President Obama at the White House

Feb 25, 2014 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan will be at the White House today at 3p.m. as President Obama will announce two new public-private manufacturing innovation institutes – one in Chicago and one in the Detroit area - as well as the first of four new Manufacturing Innovation Institute competitions. These steps will boost advanced manufacturing, strengthen our capabilities for defense, and attract the types of high-quality jobs that a growing middle class requires.

“I am excited to be joining the President at the White House for this important announcement,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “I am proud that America Makes (formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute), based in Youngstown, is serving as the model for future innovation hubs that will continue the growth in good-paying advanced manufacturing jobs. The manufacturing sector is growing again, and I join the President in pursuing policies and investments that will help expand our manufacturing base.”

Today’s announcement of two new DOD-led manufacturing institutes fulfills the President’s pledge in his 2013 State of the Union to establish three new manufacturing innovation institutes from existing resources. In May 2013, the Administration launched competitions for the three institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five agencies – the Departments of Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation, building off the success of a pilot institute headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio. In January 2014, the first of these three institutes was announced, the new Department of Energy-led Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Raleigh, N.C.

The event will be streamed live at 3p.m. at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/live