Education, Lightweight Materials, Workforce

LIFT, a Department of Defense-supported Manufacturing USA institute, today celebrated the students participating in its Smarter Manufacturing Career Exploration program – a talent development project to better prepare students in the Flint region for careers in smarter and advanced manufacturing – at a Smarter Manufacturing Career Exploration...

Biofabrication, Lightweight Materials

Two Department of Defense manufacturing innovation institutes in the Manufacturing USA network have announced new women leaders. BioMADE, the DoD manufacturing innovation institute established in 2020, announced the hiring of its inaugural Chief Technology Officer, Melanie Tomczak. As CTO, Tomczak will develop, support, and oversee BioMADE...

One year ago, President Biden signed Executive Order 14017 directing an all-of-government approach to assessing vulnerabilities in – and strengthening the resilience of – the United States’ critical supply chains. Within six months of taking office, the Administration completed a comprehensive review of the supply chains for four critical products...

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COVID-19, Lightweight Materials

An advanced manufacturing program is being offered to small businesses hit hard by the pandemic.

Lift Detroit is offering certification to 250 manufacturing workers in CNC machine operations, industrial technology maintenance, welding and robotics.

The program is known as “Operation Next” and is free through funding from the CARES Act.


COVID-19, Lightweight Materials

LIFT opened its Operation Next advanced manufacturing certification program to employees of Detroit-area small and medium-sized manufacturers to help them recover from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available to industry for the first time, the new Operation Next civilian program, funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and...

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STEM Talent

The manufacturing skills gap in the U.S. could result in 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030, according to a study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. Finding workers with the right skills has been one of the biggest challenges in the manufacturing sector for more than a decade.

Manufacturing has long been a driver of innovation and...