Chicago and the Detroit area stand to reap millions of dollars in federal grants and private-sector investment, as part of a White House initiative to boost innovation in manufacturing and create jobs.
The White House said President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday the creation of two manufacturing institutes. The Detroit-area institute will focus on lightweight metals, while the Chicago hub will push innovation in digital manufacturing and design.
The institutes are being seeded by $70 million each from the Department of Defense, plus more than $70 million each from non-government sources.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Saturday the Department of Defense awarded the grant to UI Labs, a partnership between public and private groups, including universities and manufacturers.
Durbin said the lab will revolutionize the way the country approaches manufacturing.