Automation Alley receives $12 million in grant funding to support PPE production


Troy-based manufacturing advocacy group Automation Alley will aid the region’s manufacturers in implementing equipment and operations for long-term production of personal protection equipment.

Automation Alley received a $10 million grant from Oakland County and a $2 million grant from Macomb County to create the Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grant Program.

Applicable companies will be able to receive grants to implement specific “Industry 4.0” technologies, such as internet of things, big data, robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing, advanced materials and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion, the group said in a press release.

“This is an example of Oakland County leveraging its manufacturing might to help protect our health care professionals, first responders and residents,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said in a press release. “We have a long history with Automation Alley and we’re pleased this collaboration will help our small and medium manufacturers obtain the technologies they need to stay relevant in a changing world.”

By late March, many manufacturers in Oakland and Macomb counties were transitioning as manufacturing orders dried up to making PPE as hospitals were experiencing shortages. Now, the counties are looking to build stockpiles to prepare for any future pandemics.

Plus, the manufacturing of PPE could provide at least a short-term market for manufacturers, Crain’s reported in March.

Oakland and Macomb county-based manufacturers interested in applying for the program can find more information and an application here.



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