NAMII Officially Opens for Business

NAMII, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, held its open house and official ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday at the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) Annex, to an outpouring of industry and community support from a crowd of more than 200 in attendance.

“NAMII’s opening ceremony was a resounding success. The implications of NAMII’s award and opening in this time and place are enormously significant and far reaching not only for the additive manufacturing sector and the manufacturing industry as a whole, but also for the community of Youngstown, the Tech Belt region of the Eastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia, and our nation,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director and Acting Director for NAMII. “It is a game changer. With NAMII leading and fostering an unprecedented level of industry collaboration, the additive manufacturing sector is poised to revolutionize theU.S.manufacturing industry.

“Additive manufacturing technology has the capability to dramatically transform the way we make things,” Resnick continued. “Unlike traditional manufacturing methods that subtract material to make parts, additive manufacturing essentially grows parts. We are on the cusp growing the U.S. manufacturing industry into a dominant economic force and it started right here in Youngstown with the official opening of NAMII.”

In her opening remarks at the ceremony, Barb Ewing, YBI Chief Operating Officer, echoed this sentiment, saying “At its most fundamental level, the goal of this program is to restore American manufacturing to its predominant position in the world’s economy and to rebuild our industrial base and create quality jobs for our future.”

Ms. Ewing emceed the open house and ribbon-cutting event and in addition to Mr. Resnick, speakers at the NAMII opening included U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (OH-17); U.S. Representative Jason Altmire (PA-4); and T. Sharon Woodberry, City of Youngstown Economic Development Director. Also in attendance to represent NAMII member, Youngstown State University (YSU), and participate in the ribbon cutting was Dr. Cynthia Anderson, President of YSU.

Congressmen Ryan and Altmire were the co-founders of the Cleveland to Pittsburgh Tech Belt Initiative. Congressman Ryan also secured funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for NAMII. Ms. Woodberry worked tirelessly with YBI and NAMII on behalf of the City of Youngstown and Youngstown City Council to secure community support to bring NAMII to the city and funding for building renovations. Additional funding for the renovations was provided through a collaboration between YSU and Ohio Department of Administrative Services, as well as the Youngstown Foundation.

“We look forward to the all-hands meeting and are very excited to get down to business and build on the positive momentum of the open house event,” said Mr. Resnick.

NAMII is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources all collaborating with a singular, shared vision to transition additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing sector. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, NAMII is the pilot institute for the newly established National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). NAMII is managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

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