Purdue facility is part of a national five-year, $259 million DOE initiative

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – More than 200 people attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Indiana Manufacturing Institute, which is part of a $50 million project where Purdue University researchers will advance research of composite materials manufacturing to develop more energy-efficient technologies.

The 62,000-square-foot institute, which is slated to open in mid-2016, is part of a $259 million U.S. Department of Energy initiative to support President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The DOE project, called the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, is a five-year public-private collaboration that includes a federal commitment of $70 million and $189 million pledged by industry, state economic development agencies and universities. The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is the lead institution in the collaboration that includes public and private agencies in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Colorado.

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