Manufacturing hub bill clears Senate hurdle

Legislation that would create public-private institutes similar to the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute – or ”America Makes” – in Youngstown, to boost advanced high-tech manufacturing in the U.S. cleared a key committee hurdle Wednesday in the Senate.

The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act would make available $300 million over 10 years to create more of the manufacturing hubs, creating ”thousands of jobs” and ensuring the U.S. ”remains the global leader” in advanced manufacturing, said bill co-sponsor, Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown.

Members of the Commerce Committee agreed to send the bill up for full consideration in the Senate.

In addition to America Makes, which focuses on additive manufacturing, President Barack Obama has announced other manufacturing hubs in Canton, Mich., Raleigh, N.C., and Chicago.