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MORE NATIONAL CREDIBILITY FOR YSU


Published: Fri, August 17, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

MORE NATIONAL CREDIBILITY FOR YSU

The manufacturing hub consists of more than 60 private and public entities, including nine research universities. Youngstown State University was among the first four institutions to be included. Its experience with advanced manufacturing materials and its history of working with small manufacturers made it a perfect candidate to underwrite the grant proposal with Carnegie Mellon University, The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and Case Western Reserve University. YSU will have unparalleled access to the hub, giving it greater national credibility.

GREATER WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT

The research and development performed at the new manufacturing facility on Boardman Street will be a boon for educators and students in the region. Officials at YSU said coursework will be designed in conjunction with the additive manufacturing efforts that will take place in the Valley. What’s more, YSU estimates that engineering enrollment already is up by 25 percent and they expect it to keep growing. Area community colleges also can expect more federal funding to help work force development related to the government’s initiative.

CREATION OF UP TO 7,200 JOBS

Officials at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber expect a “trickle effect” for area manufacturing, which will benefit from the cost-cutting strategies developed at the hub. The facility created by Thursday’s announcement will mean a new national profile for Youngstown with professionals from across the country coming here on a regular basis, thus creating more economic activity in the city’s downtown. Long-term, as many as 7,200 jobs could be created by developments at the facility, with between 10 and 20 local jobs created by next year.

EPICENTER OF NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

As Economist magazine pointed out in 2011, the industrial revolution of the 18th century changed the world in ways that were never before imagined. Mass production created economies of scale. Additive manufacturing holds the same promise. It uses raw materials and reduces the costly tools required to make each part in the manufacturing process. Rather than cast, cut or forge a product, computers make a blueprint, which is then transmitted to a nearby machine that deposits materials and “adds” layer after layer of material to create parts.

NEW BUSINESS STARTUPS AT INCUBATOR

Although the institutes’ leaders toured a number of facilities to house the hub, The Youngstown Business Incubator was selected because of its experience in commercializing information technologies, which is a crucial aspect of additive manufacturing. Its proximity to YSU, its 12,000- square-foot annex on West Boardman Street and its geographic location between Pittsburgh and Cleveland made it the best place for the development of cutting-edge technology. YBI expects new startups resulting from the hub, and officials there said they will foster those efforts.


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