Center receives $3 million in additional federal funding
Congress has approved
a FY 2001 Defense Appropriations bill that includes an additional
$3 million to support the research activities of RIT's National
Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NCR3), part
of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies.
The funds were included
in the conference report of the House and Senate Defense Appropriations
Subcommittee thanks to the joint efforts of Sen. Charles Schumer
and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. The bill has been signed
into law by President Bill Clinton.
The funding supports
a major research effort with the Office of Naval Research called
Modernization through Remanufacturing and Conversion. Based
on the results of its initial project with RIT, ONR is looking
at other opportunities to incorporate remanufacturing into its
design of new ships and other systems. NCR3 conducted a detailed
analysis of the remanufacturing potential of a decommissioned
class of Navy ships. The findings of that analysis could save
the Navy -- and taxpayers -- millions of dollars.
"RIT continues to
prove that upstate New York is an important partner in meeting
our military's strategic needs," says Schumer, who was instrumental
in securing the funds in the Senate bill.
"I was proud to be
able to obtain $3 million to help RIT continue its valuable
remanufacturing work," Slaughter says. "This project is keeping
both our local businesses and the environment healthy."