First multi-state chapter allows local manufacturing companies to work with national institute DMDII

to digitize manufacturing, train the future workforce and share best practices across nation

Today, representatives from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, along with Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber announced a new chapter in the Quad Cities which will be housed at the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab.

DMDII is a research and development organization that helps manufacturers implement digital manufacturing and design technologies. DMDII partners with industry, academia, and government to support research projects in digital manufacturing and design, share best practices across the nation, and train future workforce on new manufacturing technologies. As a result of this new chapter, Quad Cities companies will be able to access research and resources from the National Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which brings the potential to make organizations more efficient and cost-competitive.

"The new chapter is a big win for the Quad Cities community and for manufacturers across the country,” said Dean Bartles, Chief Manufacturing Officer for UI LABS and Executive Director of DMDII. "As we work to revolutionize American manufacturing, DMDII is expanding our physical reach beyond Chicago and bringing the power of our national institute to other regional areas.”

"The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce was integral in the co-creation and development of this DMDII chapter,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. "We will rely on this relationship to take the digital technologies developed from DMDII projects into the workplaces of small- and medium-sized manufacturers across this community. This chapter model will be the basis of the many chapters that will open from coast to coast.”

The launch expands DMDII’s existing relationships and partnerships within these two important Illinois hubs, including with members such as the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, John Deere, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Western Illinois University, and the Quad City Manufacturing Lab. By connecting with the Quad Cities area small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), DMDII will rely on its national expertise and local execution to help digitize the supply chain of American manufacturing and develop the workforce of the future.

"Today’s announcement is a significant step in the evolution of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, as well as how economic development is offered in the Quad Cities,” says Paul Rumler, Chief Economic Development Officer, Quad Cities Chamber. "Our partnership with DMDII will support manufacturing growth by enabling Quad Cities’ manufacturers to lead research projects and collaborate with their peers while leveraging the resources and brainpower of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute. With the Quad City Manufacturing Lab operating as a satellite office, members here will have access to national R&D capabilities right in the Quad Cities.”

"DMDII’s network and the resources it is assembling to improve America’s manufacturing industry are continuing to expand, starting right here in Illinois,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. "DMDII’s first multi-state chapter in the Quad Cities will increase the competitiveness of companies within our state and cement Illinois’ leadership status as the place to go for manufacturing innovation.”

Along with a new pilot chapter just announced in Rockford, Ill., the Quad Cities chapter will set the stage for future expansion across the United States. This effort is also an outgrowth of the strategy for the Illinois Manufacturing Lab, a partnership between the University of Illinois and UI LABS, to deliver advanced manufacturing solutions to Illinois companies while providing a collaborative platform for launching economic revitalization strategies across the state.

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