- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

President Obama on Tuesday will unveil two new “manufacturing innovation institutes,” public-private partnerships established through executive authority.

As part of his so-called year of action, Mr. Obama will officially announce the two sites — one headquartered in the Detroit area and another in Chicago — during a White House speech on Tuesday afternoon.

The two locations will be led by the Department of Defense and backed by more than $140 million in federal money, along with another $140 million in private commitments from businesses, universities and other entities.

The Detroit location will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, while the Chicago site will be geared toward digital manufacturing and design technologies, according to the White House.


Last month, the president announced a similar site in Raleigh, N.C., focused on the next generation of semiconductors.

The administration envisions at least 45 additional locations across the country, where the government will partner with educational institutions and businesses to jump-start research.