Vehicles Scale-Up Facility Ribbon Cutting for Manufacturing Day 2017

IACMI has celebrated Manufacturing Day in 2015, 2016, and 2017, with groundbreaking announcements about the opportunities for research into lightweighting the auto industry through the integration of composites in automobiles. This year, on Manufacturing Day 2017, IACMI cut the ribbon on the Vehicles Scale-Up Facility, a 100,000 square-foot facility, located in Corktown, Detroit, that IACMI shares with LIFT-Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow.

To celebrate this ribbon cutting, IACMI and LIFT hosted a two-part event. First, the two Manufacturing USA Institutes welcomed 160 students from five Detroit-area elementary through high schools. These students engaged in STEM activities throughout the facility and learned more about the capabilities in the manufacturing innovation hub.

IACMI and LIFT also welcomed nearly 200 guests: members of the institutes, leaders from both Institutes in private industry, academia, and government agencies to share in the engagement with executive leadership from both IACMI and LIFT.Michigan Governor Rick SnyderDetroit Mayor Mike DugganU.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow,Congresswoman Brenda LawrenceMichigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, Rob Ivester, Deputy Director of the U.S. D.O.E. Advanced Manufacturing Office; John A. Hopkins, IACMI CEO; Lawrence E. Brown, LIFT Executive Director; Johnnie Deloach from the Office of Naval Research; and Jeff Nichols, Executive Director of American Axle & Manufacturing and LIFT Technology Development Committee Chair all spoke to the opportunities for innovative research and workforce development in this facility.

View photos and read more about coverage of this event below.

Read the news release for the event for more information.

Students Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting

More than 160 students from the Detroit-area schools of Robichaud High School, Melvindale High School, River Rouge High School, Palmer Park Preparatory Academy, and Roosevelt Elementary School celebrated Manufacturing Day at the IACMI/LIFT Manufacturing Innovation Facility Ribbon Cutting. Engineering graduate and undergraduate students from Michigan State University guided the elementary through high school students through the STEM activities, enabling mentorship throughout the event among students in various stages of STEM education pathways. STEM activities included the following activities:

  • touring the IACMI and LIFT facilities to learn about each institute’s equipment and capabilities
  • building hover crafts using CDs and balloons
  • speaking with an engineer and engineering student about STEM education and career opportunities
  • using virtual reality technology to simulate the process of building a car, choosing when to integrate composite materials and learning about effects on efficiency and vehicle performance

Ribbon Cutting Coverage

LIFT, IACMI, State and Local leaders Celebrate Manufacturing Day with Manufacturing Innovation Facility Ribbon Cutting in Detroit

October 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Detroit, Michigan, October 6, 2017 – Two Manufacturing USA institutes, The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) (Knoxville, Tenn.), and LIFT-Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (Detroit, Mich.), celebrated Manufacturing Day on October 6, 2017, by [...]