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FLINT, MI – “Getting the gears turning” is the mission of the new Manufacturing and Innovation Technology Institute (MITI) being formally launched in an invitation-only grand opening on Tuesday, December 18 attended by federal officials who encouraged and supported the Institute concept as it was developed and refined by local entrepreneur and industrialist Laurie Moncrieff over the last 3 years. Officials include the former U. S. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs, and the Director of Mantech, Office of the Secretary of Defense, as well as state, regional, and educational representatives.
The Manufacturing and Innovation Technology Institute (MITI) is building a cooperative ensemble of state, national, and regional resources, including federal agencies, local economic development resources, foundations and non-profits, multi-national and small business entities, community colleges and universities, chambers and associations. The group will focus on collaborating to move intermediate stage innovation and technology to full scale market commercialization through access to advanced manufacturing, links with educational institutions for talent and skilling-up the advanced manufacturing workforce, connect to state and federal programs and private investment, including private sector business expertise, as well as identifying and matching innovations to commercialization opportunities.
“Economic conditions in the U.S. are directly tied to the downturn in U.S. manufacturing, and the ability to identify and move innovative new products quickly to market is one major key to our national economic recovery” according to Laurie Moncrieff. “There is a ‘valley of death’ businesses get trapped in, with an inability to move beyond innovation creation and/or low volume commercialization, lacking the business readiness and funding resources to achieve full scale, high volume market commercialization where true economic benefit can be realized. MITI was created to model a total system solution to bridge those gaps, increase opportunities and investments in innovation, rebuild U.S. manufacturing, and support small business growth and development.”
Located in Burton, MI, MITI is functionally supported by regional and state wide private sector manufacturing companies and is based in a 21,000 square foot manufacturing facility with more than $2.5 million dollars in equipment, and an established pipeline of clientele in solar, medical, wind, fuel cells, military and a variety of emerging markets. MITI is also functionally supported by the newly formed entity ReSET (Restructuring Skills thru Education & Technology), a non-profit economic development and training organization. ReSET will partner with workforce and educational organizations and institutions to provide structure and facilitation for a work/learn program specifically to fill gaps in the skilled workforce for advanced manufacturing, while simultaneously addressing new training and employment opportunities targeting high school graduates, displaced, underemployed, veterans, low income, disadvantaged, or parolees.
With a focus on Michigan and the Midwest region, the heart of manufacturing capacity and competency, MITI has established and will continue to pursue significant national and international connections to assure success. Sue Payton, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force commented, “We congratulate Ms. Moncrieff on her vision and determination to bring this collaboration together. We see that in the longer term, MITI is the blueprint of a scalable model that can be successfully replicated in other economically distressed communities around the country, creating the jobs necessary to spearhead our national economic recovery and assure our national defense readiness.”
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