Virtual Info Session slated for Aug. 26 for Macomb County Manufacturers Interested in PPE Resilience Grant Program

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August 18, 2020
Media Contacts: Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley,, 248.457.3301; Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications,, 248.260.8466
TROY, Mich. – Aug. 18, 2020 – Macomb County manufacturers are encouraged to participate in a virtual information session to see if they qualify for grants to purchase Industry 4.0 state-of-the-art digital technologies and become part of the region’s distributive manufacturing network. The session, set for Aug. 26 at 11 a.m., is offered by Automation Alley and Macomb County to qualified small and medium-size manufacturers.

The program goal is to build a product independence pipeline with up to 300 small and medium-sized manufacturers from Macomb and Oakland Counties. These manufacturers would help fight the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics without having to rely on other countries to produce critical personal protective equipment (PPE) for our health care workers, hospitals, first responders and residents.

“This provides an excellent opportunity for an area manufacturer to take the next step toward integrating Industry 4.0,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “I strongly encourage businesses to register for the Info Session to learn more about how this might be a good fit.”

Macomb and Oakland Counties, in partnership with Automation Alley, announced the program in June. The Industry 4.0 PPE Resilience Grants Program is funded by $10 million from Oakland County and $2 million from Macomb County. The info session will be led by Vicky Rad, Macomb County director of planning and economic development, and Tom Kelly, Automation Alley executive director and CEO.

Interested manufacturers can register for the no-cost virtual session at

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) and a nonprofit Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a regional focus. We facilitate public-private partnerships by connecting industry, education and government to fuel Michigan's economy and accelerate innovation. Our programs give businesses a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. We obsess over disruptive technologies like AI, the Internet of Things and automation, and work hard to make these complex concepts easier for companies to understand and implement.

The mission of Automation Alley is to help businesses stay in business by equipping them with the necessary knowledge to leverage the intersections of advanced technologies, systems and people to jumpstart or accelerate a digital path to strategic success. Visit

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