Highlights include:

  • In fiscal year 2019, the institutes:
    • worked with 1,920 member organizations, 61% are manufacturers and ~70% of those are small companies (less than 500 employees)
    • conducted 561 major research and development projects
    • engaged 39,876  students, workers and teachers in advanced manufacturing workforce development and training
    • invested $488 million in these activities from state, industry and federal funds
  • Rapid responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, mobilizing members and regional partners to expand production of PPE, increase testing capacity, provide workforce training and more
  • Strengthening the nation’s manufacturing supply chains
  • Building innovation ecosystems to effectively collaborate on applied R&D, moving American discoveries into production
  • Empowering the next generation workforce through activities with national partners, such as the NIIMBL eXperience with HBCUs and BioFabUSA working with FIRST Robotics to develop a biofabrication experience for grade school students
  • Rethinking Manufacturing, a short documentary featuring America Makes and two young engineers in Youngstown, Ohio, won three regional Emmy Awards
  • A whole-of-government approach to strengthen American economic competitiveness and help ensure that what is invented here is made here by a skilled American workforce.

Read the full report here.