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Defense & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership


Regional Background

In St. Louis, reductions in the defense advanced manufacturing sector represent more than 24,000 jobs lost, $1.7 billion in lost labor income and nearly $7.8 billion in lost output. The end of production of Boeing’s C-17, F-15, and F-18 along with recent cuts in the region’s automotive sector could prove to be catastrophic.

Project Overview

DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment issued a grant under its Defense Industry Adjustment program to help St. Louis plan for a future less reliant on defense spending with a more diverse product and market base, retaining jobs and revenue.

The proposed adjustment plan will build on and expand the region’s efforts to leverage the St. Louis area’s unique combination of manufacturing assets through a Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (RAMP). The RAMP’s key function will be to ensure involvement of all St. Louis area organizations with appropriate capabilities for assisting impacted defense workers and defense firms in their transition toward advanced manufacturing.

The approach will include the following:

  • Creating a regional economic adjustment plan to develop and strengthen the market positions of defense manufacturers and services supporting advanced manufacturing.
  • Creating a coalition of regional manufacturing stakeholders, service providers, and businesses, with a particular focus on defense contractors and subcontractors.
  • Mapping existing defense contractors and regional resources supporting manufacturing/ advanced manufacturing.
  • Exploring the strategic market positions of defense manufacturers, defense employees, and advanced manufacturers, and uncovering opportunities to shift defense sector assets into advanced manufacturing.
  • Creating programs and platforms to prototype under-design phase trials before full regular deployment and implementation by appropriate funders and service providers.

Projected Outcomes

RAMP activities will help identify and grow areas of employment opportunity for impacted workers; assist the area’s defense contractors to modernize processes and diversify its customer base, including tapping the global market; and support expansion of the region’s advanced manufacturing.