Youngstown City Council Approves Funding for Building Renovations to NAMI Facility

Youngstown, Ohio — September 20, 2012. NAMII, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, awarded on August 16, 2012, and driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the city of Youngstown. Last night, Youngstown city council approved $200k in funding for building renovations to the NAMII facility, which is housed in the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) Annex.

“With a history rich in manufacturing and a vibrant future on the forefront of a manufacturing revitalization, a strong spirit of entrepreneurialism, and a proven-track record of incubating technology companies, Youngstown was the natural choice for the NAMII hub facility,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Executive Director and Acting Director for NAMII. “We are grateful to the city of Youngstown and Youngstown city council for approving $200,000 in funding for building renovation improvements of the NAMII facility within YBI’s Boardman Street Annex.”

In addition to the city of Youngstown, NAMII has also received funding for renovations to 12,000-square-foot facility that was once a furniture factory from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through an earmark secured by Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17) and the Youngstown Foundation.

NAMII also extends its appreciation for the support and partnership from the staff at YBI who played a pivotal role in bringing NAMII to Youngstown.

“We are very pleased to have partnered with the renowned YBI to bring NAMII to the great city of Youngstown,” continued Mr. Resnick. “With YBI as a key collaborator, NAMII is well-positioned to promote entrepreneurialism within additive manufacturing and accelerate those technologies to the mainstream manufacturing sector.”  

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. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, NAMII is the pilot institute for the newly established National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). NAMII is managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For additional information, visit www.namii.org.

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 www.ncdmm.org.

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 additional information, visit the YBI at www.ybi.org.

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