From Del. Mary-Dulany James:
On July 8, I had the privilege of attending the inaugural meeting of the Northeastern Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority (“NMAMIA”). NMAMIA is a consortium of private businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and representatives of the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (“ECBC”) at Aberdeen Proving Ground (“APG”) that will cooperate to establish an additive manufacturing hub right here in Maryland. I was honored and excited to participate in this meeting, as the NMAMIA will launch Harford County and the State of Maryland to the forefront of advanced manufacturing and create jobs for individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels.
The NMAMIA hit the ground running during its first meeting, not only electing its Board of Directors, but also entering into its first agreement to make APG’s considerable assets available to RPM Tech, a private business located here in Harford County. According to NMAMIA representatives, “RPM Tech and NMAMIA are combining the capabilities of RPM Tech with the extensive prototyping and material capabilities resident at APG, to enhance RPM Tech’s capabilities to serve its customer base, which includes both commercial and military product applications.” The partnership between RPM and NMAMIA is expected to create twenty new jobs in Harford County and to generate $6 million dollars per year.
For more information on the Northeastern Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority and what Maryland is doing to stay competitive, check out this article by Fortune Magazine: http://fortune.com/2014/06/24/maryland-3d-printing-hub/