Brewer Science CEO Advocates for Bipartisan Manufacturing Initiative at St. Louis Manufacturing Summit
Dr. Terry Brewer urges Congress to enact Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act
October 3, 2013 – Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and president of advanced material manufacturing company Brewer Science, Inc., today urged Congress to enact the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act and create a new public-private partnership to help America maintain its lead in manufacturing and remain successful and competitive in the global economy.
Dr. Brewer advocated for the legislation in a panel discussion at a manufacturing summit sponsored by the St. Louis Business Journal where he and other regional business leaders discussed national, regional, and local issues impacting U.S. manufacturing.
“There is a growing understanding that making things in the United States is critical to our long-term economic health,” said Dr. Brewer. “We must remain a global leader in advanced manufacturing to keep our economy healthy and continue the innovation that has kept America competitive. This bipartisan legislation will help chart a new course to support Made-in-America manufacturing in the technology sector and help prevent losing U.S. manufacturing jobs.”
The legislation, supported by Brewer Science and other area leaders such as Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton, is sponsored by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in the Senate (S. 1468) and Congressmen Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) in the House (H.R. 2996). It would create a new public-private partnership between the federal government, local governments, universities, research institutes, and industry.
The bill would help accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications by leveraging resources to bridge the gap between basic research performed at U.S. universities and research laboratories and product development by U.S. manufacturers. The initiative would establish manufacturing institutes known as the Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NMI). This network of hubs will focus America’s efforts to develop and produce the next generation of manufactured products.
Dr. Brewer also discussed the importance of a strong manufacturing base in the St. Louis region. “Our company is based in Rolla, which is very much a part of the St. Louis business community, especially in the advanced manufacturing sector,” said Dr. Brewer. “We all recognize the importance of a strong regional economy that helps each of our businesses grow, thrive, and succeed.”
Brewer Science specializes in advanced manufacturing technology that has made smartphones, tablet computers, and other devices smaller, thinner, lighter, and more powerful. The company makes it possible for tiny “towers” of information to stand atop microsized devices. The products it designs and manufactures in Missouri are an integral part of the devices that people love to use to complete ever-higher levels of tasks at faster speeds.
In addition to Dr. Brewer, the manufacturing summit panel featured Jim Cooper, Senior Managing Partner at Thompson Street, Mike DeCola, CEO at Mississippi Lime Company, Paul Fleischut, Partner at Senniger Powers, and Matt Harvey, Partner at McGladrey.
About Brewer Science
Brewer Science is a global technology leader in developing and manufacturing innovative materials, processes, and equipment for the reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics such as tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions, and LED lighting. Since 1981, when its ARC® materials revolutionized lithography processes, Brewer Science has expanded its technology to include products enabling advanced lithography, thin wafer handling, 3-D integration, and chemical and mechanical device protection and products based on carbon nanotubes and nanotechnology. On April 30, 2013, Brewer Science broke ground on a new high-volume manufacturing facility at the Rolla National Airport. This expansion will accommodate product demand growth and demonstrates the company’s commitment to continuous improvement. With its headquarters in Rolla, Missouri, Brewer Science supports its worldwide customers through a service and distribution network in North America, Europe, and Asia.
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