M2I2 Award Funds $1.6M Robotics Project in North-Central Massachusetts

Monday, November 22, 2021

For Immediate Release

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M2I2 Award Funds $1.6M Robotics Project in North-Central Massachusetts

Grant to Solvus Global Funds New Robotics Infrastructure & Workforce Training

WESTBOROUGH, MASS. – On Friday, October 15, 2021, Christine Nolan, director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the MassTech Collaborative (CAM) joined leaders from the North Central Massachusetts manufacturing community and elected officials including Congressman Jim McGovern for the opening of Solvus Global’s new Center for Scaled Innovation in Manufacturing in Leominster, Mass.

During the event, Nolan announced a new $1,600,000 grant to Solvus Global and their partner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative or M2I2 program. The award will support both an infrastructure investment, establishing a first-of-its-kind, fully-automated robotic Arc-DED (Direct Energy Deposition) manufacturing line, along with an apprenticeship program spearheaded by Solvus and partners Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the national manufacturing institute ARM Robotics. As part of the award, Solvus will establish an apprenticeship program with local technical schools such as Worcester Technical High School and Mount Wachusett Community College. Under this program, a curriculum facilitated by WPI will be established which highlights key skills needed by the advanced manufacturing workforce needs.

“Solvus Global has a creative and multi-disciplinary team that is dedicated to solving difficult problems through the development and commercialization of next-generation technology,” said Christine Nolan, CAM director. “The new, fully-automated robotic manufacturing line will be an exciting and innovative project for the Commonwealth, helping drive our national leadership in advanced manufacturing.”

“Through the M2I2 program, the Baker-Polito Administration has committed over $100 million to bolster advanced manufacturing, drive innovation, and strengthen the partnerships that focus on workforce development,” said Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, whose office co-manages the M2I2 program. “By investing in both infrastructure and talent development, M2I2 keeps our companies at the forefront of innovation and ensures that our students learn the skills that will allow them to succeed in today’s manufacturing careers.”

Observing the impact that this program will have not only on Solvus, but the region as a whole, Solvus Global Co-Founder & CEO Aaron Birt remarked that “When we’re trying to overcome a major obstacle like training folks up for advanced manufacturing jobs to the region, the first thing we do is look for key partners who can help us accomplish the goal. Knowing that the future of our job market depends on value creation for our customers, we always look to partner with folks that have been effective value providers for us in the past. We couldn’t ask for a better partnership than with WPI and M2I2 to effectively transition the next generation of advanced manufacturing to the Central MA region.”

The M2I2 effort has invested over $70 million on business expansion and educational projects to secure our advanced manufacturing leadership, including support for over 60 collaborative projects that connect manufacturers with universities, other manufacturing companies, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), and the institutes under the national Manufacturing USA program. Learn more about the M2I2 program at https://cam.masstech.org/m2i2.

Read the full press release from Solvus below, including photos from the announcement event on October 15th.



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Solvus Global Ribbon Cutting Brings 150+ Attendees to Leominster with Cornerstone Announcement of $1.6M Grant from M2I2


Solvus Global ribbon cutting collage of speakers

October 15, 2021

Solvus Global hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony with more than 150 attendees from across the country to celebrate advanced manufacturing in Central Massachusetts and the opening of their 32k square foot facility. The event marks the culmination of collaborations from key partners at the Army Research Laboratory, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, VRC Metal Systems, and the State of Massachusetts. Christine Nolan of the Mass Tech Collaborative provided the cornerstone announcement of Solvus Global’s receipt of a $1.6M grant from the State of Massachusetts to develop the first-ever integrated wire arc additive manufacturing, heat treating, and machining center for large area additive manufacturing, capable of producing parts from aluminum, titanium, and steel in excess of 5’ on a side.

The ceremony provided a window of insight into the future of manufacturing in the Commonwealth, with remarks from Worcester Polytechnic Institute Provost Wole Soboyejo, Mass Tech Collaborative Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Christine Nolan, Army Research Laboratory Technical Lead Victor Champagne, VRC Metal Systems CTO Aaron Nardi, MA State Senator John Cronin, and US Congressman Jim McGovern. The theme of “People, Partners, and Problems” highlighted Solvus Global’s unique business model, which brings people together to drive innovation through collaboration and focused problem solving; the outcome is not just a product, but an enterprise solution that drives the growth of people and markets.

Concluding the event was Solvus Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board Diran Apelian, who shared his heartfelt thanks for all the support from partners in industry, academia, the state, and the federal government. Dr. Apelian left the audience with final remarks highlighting the way in which the Solvus team has come together to provide not just the recipe for innovation, but rather delivers innovation as a fundamental practice.

From the team at Solvus, thank you to all of our partners, supporters, families, and colleagues who have made every bit of this possible – we look forward to seeing you next year, showcasing multiple powder production lines, friction stir additive manufacturing, cold spray additive manufacturing, wire arc additive manufacturing, and so much more.

Solvus ribbon cutting event photos, including Dr. Aaron Birt and attendees


Top Left: Dr. Aaron Birt and Solvus Global Ribbon Cutting attendees

Top Right: Dr. Aaron Birt introducing Dr. Diran Apelian

Bottom Left: Solvus Global team members

Bottom Right: (From Left to Right) Congressman Jim McGovern, Dr. Victor K. Champagne, Senator John Cronin, Dr. Sean Kelly, Provost Wole Soboyejo, Mayor Dean Mazzarella