Brewer Science CEO Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee In Support of Made-In-America Manufacturing
Missouri-Based Manufacturer Discusses Solutions to Advance U.S. Manufacturing
November 13, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and president of Brewer Science, today urged Congress to support government revitalization efforts of America’s manufacturing sector and create an environment in which more things are made in the USA. Dr. Brewer, a leading technology innovator credited with helping make popular microelectronic devices possible, testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, offering solutions to help usher in an advanced-manufacturing renaissance.
“America can be a manufacturing leader in the technology sector if our leaders recognize the key fundamentals that make manufacturing successful,” said Dr. Brewer. “First, Congress must recognize that not all technological innovations emanate from cities on the east and west coasts; manufacturers and innovators across the heartland must also be supported. Second, as a proponent of STEM education, I feel it’s important for leaders to recognize that STEM education doesn’t create jobs, the industries and manufacturers that require these skills do. And finally, we need diverse technology solutions like those found in the bipartisan advanced manufacturing legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Blunt and Brown.”
Dr. Brewer said the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 (S. 1468), sponsored by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), would address the following areas:
Access to Innovation:
With its headquarters in a small Missouri town, Brewer Science has shown that location or size of a community is no longer a necessary factor for a successful business. Not everyone in the United States associates rural Missouri with advanced, high-technology manufacturing, but that view is changing because of innovation. Easier access to technology for advanced manufacturers across the country is key to making our country the global innovation leader.
Applied STEM – U.S. Advanced Manufacturing:
Students will be attracted to STEM fields when they can clearly see the value of participating in these areas. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics do not create jobs by themselves. Industry and manufacturing that require these skills do. By focusing on the creation of advanced manufacturing centers, the proposed legislation provides places for people to implement STEM. To keep the best talent in the United States, the best opportunities should be located here.
Diverse Technology Solutions:
Congress should not attempt to determine technology winners. Not prescribing specific technology answers will encourage businesses and innovators to explore and determine the best and most needed solutions. This approach will help leverage the experience and capabilities of America’s best talent, while encouraging those companies that deliver results.
Dr. Brewer founded Brewer Science in 1981. Since then, the company has become a major innovator of high-technology processes and materials used to create ultra-small circuits that enable devices such as tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, and flat-panel monitors and TVs.
“Our product line encompasses unique materials, processes, and equipment that are used to give devices more capability in less space for lower cost,” Dr. Brewer said. “Most microelectronic devices we rely on in our daily lives, including the smartphones you are using, would not be possible without the technology we deliver and continue to develop at Brewer Science.”
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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