NCDMM Celebrates 20 Years of Collaboration, Results

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – As the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining recognizes its 20th anniversary this year, it is reflecting on its journey.

Founded in 2003 in Latrobe, Pa., the NCDMM has been on a mission to ensure the U.S. warfighter always has a superior advantage. 

It remains committed to revitalizing and delivering innovative collaborative solutions for the U.S. manufacturing industry and is a leader in the execution of applied research and development projects to improve Department of Defense weapon and support systems. It also provides customers with manufacturing and technology solutions to aid the U.S. in remaining globally competitive.

NCDMM is the parent company of four subsidiaries: Youngstown-based America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute; the Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Research Innovation Institute; Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Integration Center; and V4 Institute.

“Along with our alliance partners, clients and industry experts from government, industry and academia, we are all working toward a common goal of driving manufacturing innovation to benefit the U.S. warfighter,” said Gary Fleegle, NCDMM president and CEO. “Looking back on the past 20 years, we are cognizant that the success of NCDMM would not be possible without the shared accomplishments of the individuals who continue to make a positive impact on our nation and beyond.” 

NCDMM has celebrated several major milestones, projects and programs throughout the years and has adapted its services to affect the advanced manufacturing industry. It secured its first government contract in 2005, a $24 million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity award from the U.S. Army. 

“These awards make it possible for us to offer a platform for our 200-plus alliance partners to research, develop and implement lean operations, quality outcomes and highly advanced technologies to ensure our nation is the leader in commercial and defense manufacturing across land, air and space,” Fleegle said. 

NCDMM projects have earned the prestigious Manufacturing Leadership Council Award for the past three years, as well as the Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award. The projects receiving recognition include the Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment, Advanced Manufacturing Crisis Production Response and Additive eXtreme Improvement in Optical Mounts.

“Over the course of the next few months, NCDMM will feature a campaign highlighting several of our employees and partners as they offer thoughts on why their relationship with us matters,” Fleegle said. “It’s important to recognize and amplify individuals, business partners and our impactful projects as each is paramount to our past and future success.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.