The center partners with other organizations whenever both can benefit from shared resources to achieve a common goal. As we continue to work towards the accomplishment of our mission and vision we will continue to seek and form more alliances with other groups. Listed below are those already established.
Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (website under development)
The UK Center for Manufacturing has joined with industry and business groups, state agencies and other Kentucky colleges and universities to form the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. The group’s purpose is to help drive the Commonwealth’s current and future economic development by targeting advanced manufacturing as a crucial engine for growth and competitive advantage. Members are combining resources and coordinating their efforts in order to attract Federal economic development funding, increase science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) majors, make worker training more flexible, accessible and industry-driven, and show Kentuckians that manufacturing is an exciting high-paying career field and a vital part of their economy as well. For further information email Ken Carroll, or phone 859-257-6262, ext. 213.
Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM)
KAM is Kentucky's only trade association focused exclusively on the manufacturing sector. It's purpose is to provide leadership for the growth of existing manufacturers, and to attract new manufacturers to Kentucky. KAM works with elected officials, policymakers, chambers of commerce, other associations, the news media, educational institutions, the general public, and KAm members to accomplish it's goals. The Center for Manufacturing is a KAM member and a partner in training workers in advanced manufacturing techniques.
Automotive Research Alliance
Building on university-wide capabilities already in place, the Center for Manufacturing is coordinating UK's particiaption as a founding member of the Automotive Research Alliance. This recently formed group includes 7 universities, two federal government agencies, and one nonprofit research organization. The ARA will provide research resources to automotive manufacturers and suppliers, including technology and manufacturing solutions as well as academic and training programs.
Productivity Press is the premier source of authoritative information on organizational improvement, offering the broadest selection of books and learning tools about lean methodologies, based on the Toyota Production System. Whether you are responsible for production, office and administrative operations or providing services, our publications offer you proven, practical strategies for increasing efficiency and capacity while eliminating waste. We are the leading source of materials for educating and training your workforce in lean.
Secat, Inc., located at University of Kentucky's Coldstream Research Campus, provides research and development capabilities, testing and analysis services, education and training to the aluminum industry, its customers, and its suppliers. The Center for Manufacturing and Secat have complementary capabilities to assist customers within their respective fields of expertise. By cooperating in the marketing and execution of services for current and prospective customers, both organizations will benefit.
American Industrial Extension Alliance
The American Industrial Extension Alliance (AIEA) has as its primary purpose the modernization of American manufacturing. Founded in 1992 by nearly two dozen state industrial extension groups, AIEA seeks to raise the visibility of its members and promote their capabilities within state and federal government agencies.
Defense Acquisition University
The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides mandatory, assignment-specific, and continuing education courses for military and civilian acquisition personnel within the Department of Defense. Its mission is to provide the acquisition community with the right learning products and services to make smart business decisions. The Center for Manufacturing and the DAU have agreed to pursue educational opportunities, share selected research, and teach best practices in topics related to the modern lean enterprise that are mutually beneficial to both parties.