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Obama: OSU, EWI To Help Research Lightweight Metals Creation
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President Obama said Tuesday that his administration is creating two new hubs that will link manufacturers with several research universities; one of them Ohio State. Obama says one of the two new consortiums will focus on modern lightweight metals manufacturing.
â€œImagine our workers manufacturing lightweight materials that used to be science fiction; a sheet of metal thatâ€™s thinner than paper but as strong as steel,â€ Obama said.
Ohio State is one of several universities that will collaborate over a multi-year period with EWI, a non-profit engineering and technology research organization founded 30 years ago in Columbus by OSU. Obama says he wants to re- capture U.S. preeminence in high-tech manufacturing.
â€œI donâ€™t want the next big job-creating discovery to come from Germany or China or Japan. I want it to be made here in America,â€ Obama said.
The Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute would be funded by a $70 million federal commitment with more funding coming from state and other government entities. Obama says putting America at the forefront of manufacturing will ensure the creation of well-paying domestic jobs.
â€œKeeping America at the cutting edge of technology and innovation is what is going to ensure a steady stream of good jobs into the 21st Century,â€ Obama said.
The institute will be based in Detroit.