Commerce secretary praises manufacturing innovation at ORNL

Commerce secretary praises manufacturing innovation at ORNL

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker inspects the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, hosted by Craig Blue, IACMI’s chief executive officer. (Jason Richards photo).
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker inspects the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, hosted by Craig Blue, IACMI’s chief executive officer. (Jason Richards photo). (hi-res image)

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 28, 2015 -- Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited the new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, praising the advances in manufacturing technology taking place in East Tennessee.

“What impressed me most about this facility is the collaboration that is going on and the enthusiasm that you see from scientists working side by side -- whether they’re scientists from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory or from the University of Tennessee,” Pritzker said.

Visiting manufacturing innovation institutes across the United States, Pritzker said the work that has been accomplished in East Tennessee so far is a model for other institutions to follow.

“Researchers are working side by side with the private sector to create new products or to reinvent the existing products that we have today whether it is cars or whether it is how we build wind turbines,” Pritzker said.

More information about IACMI is available at http://iacmi.org/.

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