January 10, 2013
Using the investment from the Economic Development Administration and the collective experience and market knowledge of industry partners, the Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Innovation and Skills Accelerator will enhance and grow the City’s transportation equipment manufacturing cluster by providing focused, technical assistance to companies in the transportation equipment sector to incorporate advanced manufacturing processes, improve networking opportunities, and facilitate market expansion. The Accelerator’s activities will be located in Philadelphia at The Navy Yard.
“This investment will help accelerate and unleash the most promising ideas in advanced manufacturing, and bring those ideas to market. This will lead to good jobs for American workers, increase the nation’s competitiveness, and strengthen an economy that’s built to last,” said Rebecca Blank, Acting US Secretary of Commerce.
Philadelphia has a long and prominent history with manufacturing transportation equipment, with firms such as William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding and The Budd Company having pioneered innovation in the transportation sector while operating their manufacturing operations in the City. Today, Philadelphia is home to a number of industry leaders in transportation equipment such as Aker (commercial vessels), AgustaWestland (helicopters), and Hyundai Rotem (commuter railcars).
For more information on the Accelerator Challenge and other federal opportunities in manufacturing, please visit: www.manufacturing.gov