State Approves $1.5M For UD Research Institute's New Compressed Gas Technology Manufacturing Center
Project expected to help create 1,000 automotive and fiber composite production jobs
February 08, 2016
 
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House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today announced the release of $1.5 million in state funding set aside for technology investments to the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) for a new Compressed Gas Storage and Manufacturing Technology Center. In the first five years of operation, the new center is expected to help create some 1,000 new jobs by leading the development of affordable compressed-gas fuel tanks for the automotive and trucking industries.


“This investment in our region signals a statewide awareness of the important technological advancements being made in Ohio,” said Strahorn. “I’m proud of the progress our community has made in manufacturing innovation in recent years. The technology center will ensure the university’s research institute can continue it’s commitment to cutting-edge, innovative ideas to create new technologies and opportunities that drive job growth.”


The Compressed Gas Storage and Manufacturing Technology Center is a part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, which works to develop new low-cost, high-speed, and efficient manufacturing and recycling process technologies. The institute is the newest investment associated with the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and will be the third NNMI-awarded project with a unique Ohio-based component.


The UDRI provides opportunities for customers to work directly with students in research areas such as materials, structures, energy, propulsion, manufacturing, sensors and intelligence, allowing them to develop their future workforce. The University of Dayton Research Institute will provide $10 million in matching funds for the new center.

 
 
 
  
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“As Americans we believe in getting paid for the work you do. But now, after helping to build our bottom line in Ohio, working people will take home less pay for doing the same job under this legislation,” said House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “That’s wrong.”

The legislation also reduces the amount of time a person remains eligible for unemployment insurance by two weeks, from 26 to 24.

“An automatic pay cut is not what most families and people have in mind when I talk to them about the priorities at their statehouse,” added Leader Strahorn. “People are concerned about owning a home, sending kids to school and trying to save what they can to get ahead.”