Manufacturing center lands $18M in funding

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The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center has been awarded nearly $18 million in federal funding over the next five years to expand its service to Indiana manufacturers.

With anticipated local industry funding, the total budget will exceed $30 million during the five-year span, Purdue University said in a news release.

The funding allows the center to provide manufacturing services across the state, COVID-19-related assistance and advanced manufacturing technology implementation.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership is the source of the three separate awards: base operating funding through June 2025, Cares Act National Emergency Assistance Program and advanced manufacturing technology.

“Purdue MEP is a tremendous resource for Indiana manufacturers and will prove to be even more vital in the future by helping companies navigate the uncertainties of the current environment,” Kevin Hayes, past chairman of the center’s board of advisers and executive vice president of operations for Carmel-based BraunAbility Corp., said in a statement.

In the past year, the organization has assisted more than 1,200 companies in areas such as lean manufacturing and cybersecurity.•

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