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America Makes to Open 2nd Satellite Center in Texas

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A second satellite center for America Makes is planned for the campus of Texas A&M University, officials announced Friday.

“On behalf of all of us at America Makes, we are pleased to announce the selection of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station as the site of our second America Makes satellite center,” said Rob Gorham, executive director of America Makes.

America Makes and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, or TEEM, signed a memorandum of understanding related to the project.

This is the second America Makes satellite center in Texas. In 2015, America Makes opened its first satellite center at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Gorham said TEEM has conducted breakthrough engineering research and has developed new technologies for more than 100 years. With the development of America Makes’ second center in Texas, “We have strategically expanded our reach of accelerating the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies to encompass all of the Southwest and Southeast United States,” he said.

Katherine Banks, Texas A&M vice chancellor and dean of engineering and national labs, said America Makes’ decision is a perfect fit for the university’s expertise in advanced manufacturing.

“Texas A&M has one of the largest concentrations of core manufacturing subject matter experts in the country, which makes it the perfect location for America Makes’ newest satellite center,” she said.

America Makes, based here, was the first of the Obama administration’s advanced manufacturing hubs under its Manufacturing USA program. The organization, which boasts 220 members, encourages public-private partnerships to research and employ additive manufacturing across industry.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.