LIMA, OHIO – Officials of the Ohio Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Center (OEAMC) hosted a visit to Lima by three research scientists from the Department of Energy’s National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee earlier this week. Dr. Craig A. Blue, Director of Energy Materials, Dr. Alan L. Liby, Deputy Director of the Energy Materials Program and Dr. William H. Peter of the Material Processing & Titanium Division of the Oak Ridge labs were in Lima on May 13th and 14th to meet with the OEAMC team. The Oak Ridge scientists visited the Husky Lima Refinery, Ford Lima Engine Plant, Trinity Motor Sports’ carbon fiber lab, General Dynamics Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, the American Trim manufacturing plant in Sidney and the American Trim Product Center and R&D labs in Lima.
In March of this year, officials from the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Ford Motor Company, and Dow Chemical cut the ribbon on a new Carbon Fiber Technology Facility on the campus of the ORNL government facility in Tennessee. The OEAMC team was fortunate to have received an advanced tour of the new carbon fiber lab during their visit to Tennessee on March 14th of this year. The new lab was created to further the development of carbon fiber infused parts – carbon fiber is a critical material for efficient lightweight vehicles, next generation wind turbines, and a wide array of other consumer and industrial products. The Energy Department estimates that through the strategic use of carbon fiber, automakers could cut the weight of cars and trucks by up to 750 pounds by 2020.
During the two day tour of Lima representatives of the OEAMC and the ORNL discussed potential joint venture opportunities between the two organizations. Judith Cowan, President of the OEAMC, said that her organization looks forward to continued discussions Drs. Blue, Liby and Peter, and additional visits from these and other Oak Ridge reps in the future.
For more information contact:
Judith M. Cowan, President
Ohio Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Center, Inc.
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