HUNTSVILLE — The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and its subsidiary, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Integration Center, have solidified their efforts to support Army modernization and fulfill Alabama’s need for 500,000 skilled workers by 2025.
They are facilitating it by becoming the first not-for-profit to be granted a mentorship role in the Department of Defense’s Mentor-Protégé Program.
“AMIIC is a natural continuation of NCDMM’s mission to support economic development and innovation in North Alabama,” said NCDMM Program Manager Brian Schmidt. “As a DoD mentor with a strong track record of sharing its professional and technical expertise with local businesses, AMIIC will further establish itself as a trusted partner in the North Alabama business community.”
In this role, AMIIC will help guide small technology companies through technology production and assist in designing manufacturing at scale to bring their products to market.
As a core principle of NCDMM, AMIIC ensures that protégés retain full control over their intellectual property.
By providing opportunities for small technology companies to participate in DoD programs, AMIIC helps organizations further solidify their place in the defense industry and accelerate the process of delivering solutions to the warfighter.
“Now, more than ever, small businesses play a vital role in the Defense Industrial Base, providing innovative technologies and solutions absolutely critical to meet our national security challenges,” said AMIIC Executive Director John Schmitt. “AMIIC is here to drive innovation in the state of Alabama, and this is an important step toward fulfilling that mission in new and exciting ways.”
NCDMM is known for delivering innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance the nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. They specialize in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and the processes to attain optimal solutions for customers.
The DoD Mentor-Protégé designation further enforces AMIIC’s impact on small businesses through digital transformation.
“AMIIC has been an honest, trusted partner, and their experience in helping small businesses navigate the ‘valley of death’ has been invaluable to our company over the last two years,” said Relogic Research Vice President of Advanced Programs Josh Coffey. “Their extensive network of industry experts has allowed our team to rapidly iterate on designs and strategy across a broad spectrum of advanced technologies.
“AMIIC is always responsive and truly understands small businesses’ challenges as they grow in a competitive market.”
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Watch this short video about the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program.
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