Sunday, February 23, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) — Top Illinois politicians say a multimillion-dollar institute bound for Chicago will be the nation's flagship research site for digital manufacturing.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday publicly heralded Chicago's selection by the Defense Department as the site of one of two manufacturing institutes.
President Barack Obama is to announce the initiative Tuesday. The Detroit area landed the second institute, which will focus on lightweight metals.
The institutes are being seeded by $70 million each from the Defense Department and millions more from outside sources under a public-private partnership.
Emanuel says the landing the lab "solidifies Chicago's place as the epicenter of the digital manufacturing revolution." Durbin says the initiative's goal is to make factories smarter, faster and more efficient.