Chris Holman catches up with Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley, Troy, MI. They discuss the impact of the recently announced Multi-million-dollar Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grant. The grant will accelerate local manufacturers’ digital transformation and improve region’s PPE manufacturing response in future disruptions. They also cover Automation Alley’s 2020 Technology in Industry Report released Monday, July 13th; virtual reveal also kicks off new Livestream series.
Hear Tom and Chris discuss these two great announcements by clicking play on the podcast below:
First, Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the World Economic Forum’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) for North America, is the recipient of a $10 million grant from Oakland County and $2 million grant from Macomb County to help each county’s manufacturing base purchase and implement Industry 4.0 technologies that can be used in direct support of manufacturing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping and accelerating the digital transformation of the manufacturing sector, and Industry 4.0 technologies are leading the way. Oakland County, in partnership with Macomb County and Automation Alley, has created the Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grant Program to address the urgent need to move Oakland County and Macomb County-based companies quickly into the digital manufacturing age of Industry 4.0 to help improve our region’s manufacturing agility for PPE. For that full release check out the MBN coverage from June 30th
About Oakland County
Oakland County is Michigan’s business address, with 66 of the top global OEM suppliers having an office or factory here. Meritor, BorgWarner, Kelly Services, Lear Corp. and Penske Automotive Group all have their world headquarters here. Fiat Chrysler has its North American headquarters here. The county has enjoyed a AAA bond rating since 1998. Our 1.2 million residents enjoy nearly 90,000 acres of parkland, 65 miles of trails, 76 public and private golf courses and 1,450 lakes, rivers and streams and the headwaters of five river systems. We have 32 unique downtowns. Several of our communities have been named by Money Magazine as among the best places to live in the country. Oakland County is where people and technology prosper.
About Macomb County Planning & Economic Development
The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development supports an environment where businesses prosper and people thrive. Its activities and programs are focused on stimulating the local economy through business retention, expansion and attraction while improving the overall quality of life for residents. The department specializes in providing services to businesses at all stages of development with a concentration on the high-growth industries of aerospace, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, defense, and homeland security. For more information, call 586-469-5285 or visit www.MacombBusiness.com.
About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is the World Economic Forum's Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) for North America and a nonprofit Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a regional focus. We facilitate public-private partnerships by connecting industry, education and government to fuel Michigan's economy and accelerate innovation. Our programs give businesses a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. We obsess over disruptive technologies like AI, the Internet of Things and automation, and work hard to make these complex concepts easier for companies to understand and implement. Visit automationalley.com.
The mission of Automation Alley is to help businesses stay in business by equipping them with the necessary knowledge to leverage the intersections of advanced technologies, systems and people to jumpstart or accelerate a digital path to strategic success.