America Poised to Take Advantage of the Next Wave of High-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

The United States has the chance to “beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs,” President Obama said in his State of the Union speech last night. Obama described several new manufacturing innovation institutes and pledged to launch more.

“We know that the nation that goes all-in on innovation today will own the global economy tomorrow. This is an edge America cannot surrender. ”

The first new center, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute supports the development of 3-D printing, opened in late 2012 in Youngstown, Ohio.  Additionally, Obama recently announced the opening of the second hub focused on development and manufacture of low power semi-conductors, the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute at North Carolina State in Raleigh, NC.

The Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute will bring leading companies, universities, and federal research together under one roof to help develop the next generation of power electronics.

“Folks at this hub are going to develop what are called ‘wide bandgap semiconductors,’” President Obama said.

In addition to the hubs in Ohio and North Carolina, plans are underway to launch two more in the coming weeks.

Together, these hubs will “help build new partnerships in areas that show potential,” President Obama said. “They’ll help to lift up our communities. They’ll help spark the technology and research that will create the new industries.”

Click here to learn more about the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute.