A member of the U.S. Cabinet is impressed with Illinois’ digital manufacturing hub in Chicago.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker toured the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a facility which opened earlier this year with help from a $70 million federal grant. She feels it’s meeting its goal of increasing American competitiveness in manufacturing with new technology.
“We’re seeing early successes in our institutes,” Pritzker said.
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Pritzker hopes Congress will use the early results as a reason to include funding for DMDII and similar facilities around the nation in the next federal budget. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline), who toured the facility with Pritzker and U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Winfield), thinks Congress should be bipartisan on this issue.
“Randy’s a Republican, I’m a Democrat,” Bustos said. “This is something where you can remove the politics from it. It’s job creation.”
(Penny Pritzker, US Commerce Secy, with US Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-Winfield) and Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline).