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I-69 Thumb Region Industry 4.0 Grant Committee Announced
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 17:35:03 EDT
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The Huron County Economic Development Corporation and the Sanilac Regional Economic Consortium is pleased to be working with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Region 6 Economic Development partners, Automation Alley and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center on the launch of the I-69 Thumb Region's Industry 4.0 initiative.
The MEDC I4.0 initiative is intended to help drive Industry 4.0 readiness in small and mid-sized manufacturers statewide and ensure that 50 percent of Michigan manufacturers are prepared to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies at some level by 2025.
MEDC awarded 10 grants to non-profit organizations and educational institutions in Michigan in order to meet its objectives.
The I-69 Thumb Region covering Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, and Tuscola counties was awarded $138,000.
The Region 6 partnership includes the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County which will manage the project and serve as fiduciary, along with the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Huron County Economic Development Corporation, Lapeer Development Corporation, Sanilac Economic Development Corporation, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, and Tuscola Economic Development Corporation.
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center is currently conducting assessments of I4.0 readiness with area manufacturers and also will be collaborating with Region 6 partners on the project.
The year-long I-69 Thumb Region Industry 4.0 initiative kicks off this week with a short survey to I-69 Thumb area manufacturers to gain valuable feedback, followed by additional activities, demonstration events and outreach that will occur throughout the year.
The effort will provide engaged companies with the opportunity for training grant funding for new employees and upskilling existing employees on 14.0 technologies.
"There are several key benefits for our region's manufacturers to implement Industry 4.0 small changes to their business systems and processes," said Dan Casey, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County. "Smart factory changes can reduce material waste, help to solve labor shortages, create efficiencies and increase production. Most importantly, by becoming an early adopter of I4.0, a manufacturer is creating a competitive advantage for their business."
"We are excited to partner with St. Clair County EDA and our other regional partners. This project will help bring resources and expertise to help start or expand the Industry 4.0 efforts in the area," stated Carl Osentoski, Executive Director of Huron & Sanilac County Economic Development.
I-69 Thumb Region Industry 4.0 Grant Committee Members include-
- Dan Casey, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County.
- Tyler Rossmaessler, Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce.
- Carl Osentoski, Huron and Sanilac County Economic Development Corporation
- Justin Horvath, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
- Stephen Erickson, Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation