The Barnes Global Advisors (TBGA), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, is partnering with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), College Station, Texas, and the Secure America Institute (SAI) in a new consortium establishing the Texas Defense Aerospace Manufacturing Community (TDAMC). This five-year programme, the result of a grant from the Department of Defense (DoD), will utilise smart manufacturing skills and technologies into Texas’ aerospace manufacturing portfolio in an effort to support defence aerospace manufacturing needs and affiliated supply chains across the state.
With this announcement, TBGA is now a team member of two Defense Manufacturing Communities, having been a foundational member of the DoD-funded AIM Higher Consortium in the Pennsylvania and West Virginia region of the US.
“Our goal has always been to accelerate the adoption of advanced manufacturing for which effectively making connections across the supply chain is a key success factor,” stated John E Barnes, TGBA founder. “We embrace this role as we link organisations and communities with similar goals to provide maximum impact for the DoD’s investment.”
Leveraging experience in advanced materials & processes, workforce development, and the creation of manufacturing supply chains, TBGA has been providing strategic support behind the scenes with TEES for over a year on various manufacturing initiatives that include SAI and the National Imperative of Industrial Skills led by the DoD’s Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment program office.
Laura Ely, TBGA Director of Programs, added, “The TEES team is uniquely placed to play the role of community developer for the state of Texas with other active programmes already developing a critical pipeline of manufacturing skills for the state. We are excited to represent the aerospace industry in this new community and to help create the blueprint to strengthen and grow the already significant manufacturing supply chain in the region.”