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WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama has announced the creation of two new manufacturing innovation institutes based on a pilot project here in Youngstown.

Valley Congressman Tim Ryan was on hand at the White House on Tuesday as the President outlined plans for pubic-private manufacturing institutes in Chicago and the Detroit area.

The Detroit area consortium would consist of businesses and universities, with a focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing

The Chicago headquartered consortium will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies.

President Obama also announced the first of four new Manufacturing Innovation Institute competitions. The initiatives are designed to boost advanced manufacturing, strengthen the nation's capabilities for defense, and attract the high-quality jobs for the middle class.

The President said the initiatives are based on America Makes (formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute), based in Youngstown, designed as the model for future innovation hubs that will continue the growth in advanced manufacturing jobs.

President Obama said he is happy about the four manufacturing hubs, but pointed out that Germany  has sixty such hubs.

"The manufacturing sector is growing again, and I join the President in pursuing policies and investments that will help expand our manufacturing base." said Congressman Ryan.

During his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama promised to establish three new manufacturing innovation institutes from existing resources.

In May 2013, the Administration launched competitions for the three institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five agencies - the Departments of Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation, building off the success of a pilot institute headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio.

In January 2014, the first of these three institutes was announced, the new Department of Energy-led Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Raleigh, N.C.

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