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Legislature Approves $7.5 Million Towards Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center

Thursday, May 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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The Oregon Legislature announced the approval and release of $7.5 million toward the creation of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC), a co-located Research and Development (R&D) Center and Training Center in Columbia County. 

 

The Oregon Legislature announced in May the approval and release of $7.5 million toward the creation of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC), a co-located research and development (R&D) center and training center in Columbia County.  The business launch of the center is slated to begin in 2017.

 

OMIC will augment the region's metals, machinery and manufacturing industry and train the next advanced manufacturing workforce. It will also support the retention and expansion of existing companies through the capabilities of an R&D center and the skilled talent from a training center. 

 

“OMIC builds on Oregon’s long-standing reputation as a leading metals, machinery and manufacturing hub,” said Chris Harder, director of Business Oregon. “The partnership – a collaborative effort between industry, academia and government – lays a foundation for long-term job creation, skill development and advanced technology in the state, while immediately increasing the competitiveness of local companies.”

 

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing and Research Center in Sheffield UK, OMIC will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

 

The center is a partnership of industry, higher education, and government. Oregon Institute of Technology will purchase an existing building that will serve as the R&D center, with Boeing, Oregon State University and Portland State University and regional industrial partners as anchor tenants. Portland Community College will create the training center, which will focus on serving students through industry sponsored skilled apprenticeships. Higher education institutions will develop and support pathways to advanced careers in engineering and advanced manufacturing. 

 

 

 



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