July 17, 2020

For the fourth year in a row, DVIRC has been awarded a grant from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment to help strengthen the capabilities and competitiveness of small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) critical to the DoD supply chain. Through the project—known as the Manufacturing USA Access Project, or MAP— DVIRC will help SMMs learn about and invest in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMTs), engage in internships to support their need for talent, and put in place cybersecurity systems to protect their operations.

The project builds on the successful work DVIRC completed in prior years, which put in place a regional and national ecosystem working to support and strengthen SMMs in the defense supply chain, spur innovation, and enhance their competitive advantage.

According to Barry Miller, President and CEO of DVIRC, “As a resource center committed to the growth of manufacturers in the region, DVIRC is committed to helping them sharpen their tools to become as competitive as possible, and to accelerate the rate at which they invest in AMTs and in the continuous improvement and skills of their workers.”

Through the MAP project, DVIRC will continue to focus its efforts on the following areas:

  • Market outreach and education on the importance of adopting AMTs
  • Working with SMMs on AMT-related project work, including helping them identify innovation opportunities that support DoD needs
  • Workforce development and education to support SMM’s critical needs for talent
  • Activities that support value-added work between and among the individual and institutional assets in the manufacturing ecosystem

The project will engage other technology resources—designers, makers, hardware entrepreneurs, institutions of higher education, Manufacturing USA Institutes, and third-party technology integrators—to help SMMs with one of the major constraints hindering AMT adoption: the lack of technical expertise necessary to fully realize the benefits of investing in new technologies.

To learn more about the AMT work we’ve accomplished thus far through the MAP project, click here.

For more information on how DVIRC can help SMMs further their AMT efforts, contact us.