The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) plans to offer a US$125,000 federal grant to develop a composites industry cluster that will support job creation and economic growth in Rhode Island, USA.

 ‘This federal grant is another positive step toward growing this innovative manufacturing sector in Rhode Island.  It will help the state’s composites industry coordinate economic development initiatives and create more good-paying jobs here at home,’ said US Senator Jack Reed.

The East Bay area of the state has more than 45 composites companies with a broad range of expertise in manufacturing, design, and engineering.

‘Partnership is the key to building a strong foundation for economic growth,’ said Wendy Mackie, CEO of the Rhode Island Composites Alliance. ‘The Composites Alliance is proud to work with this public-private partnership to position Rhode Island's composites industry as a world-wide leader.’ 

This story is reprinted from material from Rhode Island Composites Alliance, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.