Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined United States Congressman Steve Israel today to announce a new business collaboration that will greatly enhance Long Island’s manufacturing opportunities in the area of composite technology – providing a competitive edge in the marketplace.
The collaboration between The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing (IAC) and the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC) in Plainview, is a major achievement for the Long Island institution, which is now nationally recognized, Mangano said. It will help advance composite materials and technologies in the workplace.
CPC – which is funded by NYS – will now have an agreement, or MOU, with the U.S. Department of Energy, that will enable it to help all organizations meet the needs of advanced manufacturing by providing access to training, workforce development, process technologies, prototype manufacturing and critical testing.
One example of a composite material that is being advanced by CPC, is carbon fiber—which is up to three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals used manufacturing. Carbon fibers will continue advancing the automotive and airline sectors as these materials reduce weight, improve fuel efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint.
“And, they’re headquartered right here in Nassau County,” County Executive Mangano said.
CPC offers full prototype manufacturing, hands-on technical training from professional materials manufacturing experts, and a full array of state-of-the-art systems and equipment. Its comprehensive production line technologies are housed in a 25,000-square-foot facility, which also provides R&D support and new composite material evaluation and design optimization services.
In his remarks today, Mangano thanked Congressman Israel, Deputy Assistant Secretary Hogan and Mr. Hopkins for their leadership in supporting manufacturers.
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of advanced composites.
Also in attendance at the site, for the press conference, were Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Kathleen Hogan; Senior Project Manager for IAC, John Hopkins; and Executive director of CPC, Lenny Poveromo.
“CPCs work with the Department of Energy, also provides the framework for collaboration in research, product development, commercialization, workforce training and STEM education.” he said. “That’s great news for Long Island’s economy, workforce and students.”