SIU Set to Benefit from Multi-Million Dollar Lab


By WSIL Manager

CARBONDALE -- The U.S. Department of defense has awarded $70 million to Chicago based UI Labs. It is to create a digital manufacturing and design institute.

State lawmakers say the lab is also expected to create thousands of manufacturing jobs and make the state economy more competitive.

The lab will be located in Chicago, but SIU has been a key partner and is expected to benefit from the project.

Governor Patt Quinn says, "They look for university resources and community colleges, and they want to leverage those resources. They are investing not just for a year or two, but for the next 30 to 40 years."


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