U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown to Tour and Hold Press Conference at NAMII Headquarters

March 07, 2013 | Categories: America Makes News

Youngstown, Ohio. — March 7, 2013. NAMII, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, awarded in August 2012, and driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), is pleased to announce that on Friday, March 8, 2013, U.S. Senator Sherrod C. Brown (D-OH) will tour and hold a press conference at NAMII headquarters at 236 West Boardman Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

“On behalf of all of us at NAMII, Youngstown State University and the Youngstown Business Incubator, I am proud to welcome Senator Brown to NAMII,” said NAMII Director Ed Morris. “As a leading proponent of American manufacturing within Congress, we are grateful to Senator Brown for his ongoing support of and dedication to the manufacturing industry at large, NAMII, and the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).”

During his tour, Senator Brown will meet with NAMII leadership, including NAMII Director Ed Morris and Darrell Wallace, Ph.D., NAMII Acting Deputy Director of Workforce and Educational Outreach, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Youngstown State University (YSU), and the Founding Director of YSU’s Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiatives (AMWI). Additionally Senator Brown will confer with representatives from key NAMII collaborators YSU and the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI), including Martin A. Abraham, Ph.D., P.E., Founding Dean, College Of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Professor, Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering, YSU; Betty Jo Licata, Ph.D., Dean of Williamson College of Business Administration, YSU and Vice-Chairperson, Board of Directors, YBI; and Barb Ewing, YBI COO.


About NAMII NAMII is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources all collaborating with a singular, shared vision to transition additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing sector. National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), NAMII is the pilot institute for  up to 15 NNMI institutes and is based in Youngstown, Ohio. NAMII is managed by the NationalCenterfor Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For additional information, visit

About NCDMM The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at

About YSU YoungstownStateUniversityis a comprehensive emerging[EM1]  urban research university that offers over 14,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation. For more information, visit

About YBI The Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) is partially funded through the Ohio Department of Development Edison Incubator Program and through the Ohio Third Frontier Program’s Entrepreneurial Signature Program. Through the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network, YBI provides start-up assistance throughout the 21 counties of northeast Ohio. For more information, visit the YBI at

About Senator Brown Sherrod C. Brown is the senior United States Senator from Ohioand a member of the Democratic Party. In the Senate, he is chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms and the Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy, and is also a member of the Committee on Finance, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Select Committee on Ethics. Before his election to the Senate, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio’s 13th congressional district from 1993 to 2007. He previously served as the Ohio Secretary of State (1983–1991) and a member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1974–1982). For more information, visit