Last week the Department of Energy named the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) as the recipient of a $70 million federal award to create a nationwide Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
Headquartered at UCLA, with regional centers in New York, North Carolina, Texas, California and Washington state, the institute's goal is to spur industrial growth and innovation.
This will be funded by more than $140 million in public-private investment that's geared toward developing advanced manufacturing technology, a skilled workforce and a steady pipeline of STEM talent.
I'm confident this decision will positively impact our company and our customers. As a founding member of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, Rockwell Automation is one of 200 partners that make up the SMLC, comprised of academia, industry and non-profits.