In the News: A Millyard Transitions From Textiles to Tech

In the News: A Millyard Transitions From Textiles to Tech

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

UNH Manchester lab

The New York Times highlighted Manchester millyard's burgeoning tech industry, including UNH Manchester's expanded laboratory space.

The New York Times featured Manchester in its real estate section this week, examining the millyard's transformation into a hub for technology companies. A key highlight is the U.S. Department of Defense's $80 million award to establish the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), which will create an industry to regenerate human tissue and organs, and will be headquartered in Manchester. The University of New Hampshire will lead the national education and workforce development activities for ARMI, which comprises more than 80 partners from industry, academia, government and nonprofits.

The New York Times article also mentions several area tech firms, as well as the expanded STEM offerings at UNH's Manchester campus. An excerpt of the article is below, and you can read the full piece here.

[Dean] Kamen estimates he owns close to one million square feet of mill space (about a third of the total), including DEKA’s headquarters and, in the building next door, the future three-story home of ARMI.

To free up that space, Mr. Kamen negotiated its purchase from the University of New Hampshire, which maintained a commuter campus there. He then leased to the university 120,000 square feet at another mill building just up the road. As a partner in ARMI, the university will direct the nationwide education and work force development plan needed to get it off the ground, said Michael Decelle, the dean of the Manchester campus.

Aligning itself with the millyard’s high-tech focus, the campus has strengthened its offerings in science, technology, engineering and math, including a new biotechnology major, and added state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in its new location. Many students walk to internships at tech firms and medical facilities nearby.

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