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NIST Awards $7.8 Million in Advanced Manufacturing Grants

Friday, May 22, 2015

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced 16 awards totaling $7.8 million to accelerate growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States. The grants will support industry-driven consortia in developing research plans and charting collaborative actions to solve high-priority technology challenges.
NIST's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program has awarded the grants to universities and other nonprofit organizations in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The grants range from $413,000 to $500,000. More than 40 organizations will share funding for work done in support of the 16 projects. In addition, more than 250 businesses, trade associations, universities and other organizations will collaborate as unfunded partners.
The new AMTech-funded projects span a variety of industries and technologies, from next-generation gas turbines and aerospace manufacturing to hybridized semiconductor and synthetic-biology devices and glass manufacturing.
Visit the NIST website to read summaries of the AMTech-funded projects and see locations of the projects' lead organizations and their funded partners.

Ready Technology Adds Distributors in Ohio, Michigan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Ready Technology, Dayton, OH, has added two distributors, Sup-R-Die, Inc., Cleveland, OH, and Freer Tool & Supply, Clinton Township, MI. For more on Ready Technology, a supplier of die components, visit

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Balluff Inc., Florence, KY, has appointed Tony Canonaco as president effective May 1, and CEO effective August 1, 2015. Kent Howard, previous president and CEO, is transitioning into retirement and will move into the role of advisor to the president and board of directors. For more on Balluff, a sensor specialist, visit

Lee Spring, Brooklyn, NY, has named Jim Callaghan to the newly created position of executive vice president of business development. The company is a global supplier of mechanical springs and related products. For more, visit


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