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New CMU advanced manufacturing center in Pittsburgh to put America on top

Aaron Aupperlee
| Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, 3:33 p.m.
Interim President of Carnegie Mellon University, Farnam Jahanian, gives remarks during an event at Mill 19, the future site of Hazelwood Green, in Hazelwood on Nov. 20, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Interim President of Carnegie Mellon University, Farnam Jahanian, gives remarks during an event at Mill 19, the future site of Hazelwood Green, in Hazelwood on Nov. 20, 2017.
Interim President of Carnegie Mellon University, Farnam Jahanian, gives remarks during an event at Mill 19, the future site of Hazelwood Green, in Hazelwood on Nov. 20, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Interim President of Carnegie Mellon University, Farnam Jahanian, gives remarks during an event at Mill 19, the future site of Hazelwood Green, in Hazelwood on Nov. 20, 2017.
Interim President of Carnegie Mellon University, Farnam Jahanian, gives remarks during an event at Mill 19, the future site of Hazelwood Green, in Hazelwood on Nov. 20, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Interim President of Carnegie Mellon University, Farnam Jahanian, gives remarks during an event at Mill 19, the future site of Hazelwood Green, in Hazelwood on Nov. 20, 2017.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto listens to speakers during an event at Mill 19, the future site of Hazelwood Green, in Hazelwood on Nov. 20, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto listens to speakers during an event at Mill 19, the future site of Hazelwood Green, in Hazelwood on Nov. 20, 2017.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto speaks during an event at Mill 19, the future site of Hazelwood Green, in Hazelwood on Nov. 20, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto speaks during an event at Mill 19, the future site of Hazelwood Green, in Hazelwood on Nov. 20, 2017.

An economic boom that will reposition the United States as a global leader in manufacturing, retrain the country's workforce and redefine the nature of work are among the ambitions heaped on an advanced manufacturing center set to open in about 18 months on the site of an abandoned steel mill in Pittsburgh.

Officials on Monday ceremonially broke ground on a project that will house Carnegie Mellon University's Manufacturing Futures Initiative and the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute inside the hulking steel frame of the iconic Mill 19 building in the Hazelwood Green development.

“The technologies that emerge from this building will have the power to make things in a whole new way to trigger a major resurgence of economic development in the United States and to assert our global leadership in advanced manufacturing,” Farnam Jahanian, CMU's interim president, said during the ceremony.

CMU announced last month it was leasing space in a new building at Hazelwood Green for its Manufacturing Futures Initiative and the ARM Institute.

The building is expected to open in the spring of 2019. The ARM Institute and Manufacturing Futures Initiative will take up two floors of a 94,000-square-foot building, the first of three set to be constructed within the steel superstructure of the mill.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7986 or aaupperlee@tribweb.com.

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