Automation Alley gets $1.5M for its defense sector

More money is being thrown at
diversifying Metro Detroit’s manufacturing base. The most recent shovel
full is $1.58 million to help manufacturers find a niche in the defense

Automation Alley received the contract to help smooth
that transition as part of the TACOM LCMC Diminishing Manufacturing
Sources and Material Shortages program. The idea is to help the
military industrial complex find manufacturers who can produce
replacement parts for the U.S. Army’s 3,000-plus weapon systems.

will really be beneficial for companies looking to diversify into
defense contracting,” says Charles DeVries, director of government
affairs for Automation Alley.

suppliers who are hurting from the auto slump can thus find more work,
and in turn preserve and create more jobs building everything from
systems for hydraulics to air conditioning units.

based in Warren and brings together organizations that focus on
military systems. It’s also connected to the U.S. Army Tank Automotive
Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), a major national
laboratory for advanced military automotive technology.

Companies interested in taking part can send an email to

Source: Charles DeVries, director of government affairs for Automation Alley
Writer: Jon Zemke