Growing a Competitive Defense Manufacturing Force

The AIM Higher Consortium is a wide-ranging program funded by the Department of Defense with the goal of strengthening the defense supply chain in the Greater Pittsburgh region of Southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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The AIM Higher Consortium has Resources to Assist Manufacturers

AIM Higher is led by Catalyst Connection with over 30 academic, economic development, technology institute, and manufacturing partners from around the region. The Program is funded by the Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (DoD-OLDCC). The AIM Higher Consortium will directly support DoD-OLDCC’s mission to enhance the readiness, resiliency, and innovation of the national defense manufacturing supply chain. This program supports that effort by providing comprehensive technical assistance to small- and medium-sized defense manufacturing entities in key technology areas. The objective is support to small and medium-sized manufacturers in the defense industry seeking to expand business and operational capabilities to strengthen the supply chain and create and retain jobs in defense manufacturing sectors.

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CONNECTIONS

Access to consortium members and partners who can assist manufacturing companies with advanced technology.

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RESOURCES

Defense industry supply chain, cybersecurity, technology adaptation and various improvement resources.

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GRANTS & TRAINING

Assistance & grant opportunities to offset project costs that will make a company more successful in the defense supply chain.

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NEWS & EVENTS

The latest developments and national events related to defense supply chains and advanced technology.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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AIM Higher Consortium provides industry information and resources to implement business improvements. By compiling resources from all thirteen AIM Higher partners, including several leading universities and research institutes, we place a wealth of information at your fingertips.

News & Updates

Showcase for Commerce organizers plan late-summer defense gathering

JARI President and CEO Linda Thomson said. “In fact, I think being one of the few events this year relative to the defense sector, I’m really thinking we’re going to have a pretty good showing.

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Delta Tech Operations to partner with aviation maintenance program

Delta Air Lines Technical Operations has announced that it will designate the new Marshall University/Mountwest Community & Technical College Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program as a partner educational institution.

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AIM Higher Consortium plans to strengthen the region’s defense supply chain

The defense industrial economy of West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania is set to see some potential growth over the next few years thanks to the newly formed AIM Higher Consortium, which plans to strengthen the region’s defense supply chain.

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Additive manufacturing’s potential to reinvigorate the U.S. supply chain

Additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing technology are moving beyond their decades-long role as a prototyping tool, to a legitimate, holy grail manufacturing sector in solving supply chain crises and disruption.

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Dr. Jared Glover Selected as First ARM Institute Fellow

The ARM Institute fellowship program supports the Artificial Intelligence in Metals and Manufacturing (AIM) Higher Defense Industry Consortium.

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SMM Robotics and Technology Adoption Insights

Of the manufacturers surveyed, 49% say they plan to invest in robotics technology within the next 12-18 months, which is an increase of 67% over investments made in the previous 12-18 months.

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West Virginia Technology Leaders Share Optimism for 2021

West Virginia technology leaders are optimistic about the sector’s chances in 2021.

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If you’re a small or medium-sized manufacturer in the defense industry seeking to expand business and operational capabilities to strengthen the supply chain and create and maintain jobs, we’d love to hear from you. Please fill out the form and we’ll be in touch soon.