Pellissippi State supporting partner of Michigan-based manufacturing initiative

Pellissippi State Community College is a supporting partner in a $140 million U.S. Department of Defense-backed manufacturing institute in Michigan.

Pellissippi State is one of 60 members of a consortium for the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) Institute in Wayne County, Michigan. The consortium brings together aluminum, titanium and high-strength steel manufacturers with universities and laboratories that are pioneering new technology development and research.

As a supporting partner of the LM3I Institute, Pellissippi State committed to an in-kind/cost-share donation for staff and faculty time and lab equipment to assist in the project.

“To be part of this national effort is an honor for Pellissippi State,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., the college’s president. “Through this project, Pellissippi State’s emphasis on advanced manufacturing training has found a national platform.

“We well know the importance of advanced manufacturing in the fields of research and development, and we’ll see that as this project seeks to build safer, more fuel-efficient vehicles and aircraft.”

Other local members include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Alcoa and the University of Tennessee.

On Feb. 25, President Barack Obama announced that the LM3I Institute would receive $70 million in federal funding, matched by another $70 million in non-federal funding.

In addition to the research and development aspect of the project, the institute also will provide education, technical skills training, and workforce development. That aspect will address a growing disconnect between manufacturing technology and the training of workers.

“We look forward to working with LM3I on projects that will create a pipeline of talent capable of adopting the technologies developed by UT, ORNL and others,” said Teri Brahams, executive director of economic and workforce development at Pellissippi State.

LM3I is one of three institutes that will receive a combined $200 million in federal funding. The other two are the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute in North Carolina and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, also based in Michigan.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.