American Center for Manufacturing & Innovation


Chemical Processing: ACMI is Reshoring Critical Chemical Production to Fortify U.S. Supply Chains

22 May, 2024

The Biden administration has taken strong action to address risks to America's supply chains and economic security posed by overreliance on imports from China, particularly for critical materials. On May 14, President Biden announced plans to increase tariffs on Chinese imports valued at $18 billion, citing China's "unfair, non-market practices" that threaten U.S. economic security. Securing domestic supply chains for key materials has been an ongoing priority. Even before the new tariffs, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) launched a major initiative to re-establish U.S. production capabilities for 22 essential chemicals used in defense applications like munitions as well as vital commercial sectors such as agriculture and pharmaceuticals. This includes energetic materials, non-energetic chemicals, precursors and stabilizers/moderants that had previously been solely sourced from China. The DOD launched the program through its Defense Production Act Title III Program in collaboration with the American Center for Manufacturing and Innovation (ACMI).

Issues S&T: Let Rocket Scientists Be Rocket Scientists - ACMI's New Model to Help Hardware Startups Scale

22 May, 2024

ACMI's op-ed in "Issues in Science and Technology" magazine takes a close look at the challenges faced by hardware companies today, how the campus model can overcome those challenges and help maintain technological superiority in critical sectors, while also laying the foundation for a broader commercial manufacturing renaissance—and subsequent economic growth—in the United States.

Lacamas Laboratories, ACMI and Department of Defense Collaboration Yields Groundbreaking Results to Revitalize Domestic Chemical Production

01 May, 2024

A cutting-edge pilot program with ACMI and Lacamas Laboratories achieves the first domestic production of a key chemical in 15 years, bolstering national security and supply chain resilience

NASA’s Exploration Park is fully leased, but commercial spaceflight tenants are still welcome

06 March, 2024

Just after a Houston-built spacecraft landed on the moon, NASA completed one big leap for the agency by fully leasing a new development for commercial space.

NASA Lifts Off With New Tenant for Houston R&D Campus

04 March, 2024

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has completed a leasing and development agreement with American Center for Manufacturing & Innovation at Exploration Park, a planned 240-acre manufacturing, research and development campus located adjacent to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

American Center for Manufacturing & Innovation and ACMI Properties Announce an Inaugural Industrial Development for Exploration Park in Houston, Texas

29 February, 2024

HOUSTON, Feb. 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Center for Manufacturing & Innovation (ACMI) and one of its affiliates, ACMI Properties, which develops and manages industry campuses catering to unique industry needs, today announced an agreement with NASA to lease underutilized land in Exploration Park, a 240 acre development at the NASA Johnson Space Center (NASA Johnson) in Houston.

Munitions campus planned for Indy, Crane​

23 February, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS - The American Center for Manufacturing & Innovation (ACMI) in Austin, Texas has announced plans for what it calls a first-of-its kind project that could bring hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment to Indiana.

American Center for Manufacturing & Innovation Announces a First-of-its-kind Industrial Development: Munitions Campus - Indiana​

21 February, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Center for Manufacturing & Innovation (ACMI) today announced Munitions Campus – Indiana. The project, a private-public partnership leveraging the Department of Defense (DOD)'s $75M Munitions Campus program award to ACMI Federal and an estimated $300M of private capital for developing infrastructure, is an industrial real estate development to support scaling and innovation in munitions-related areas.

ACMI Awarded Contract Extension on Successful Critical Chemical Pilot Program​

08 February, 2024​

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- ACMI Federal ("ACMI") has been awarded a contract extension that focuses on the expansion of the Critical Chemical Pilot Program which is designed to bolster producers of inert chemicals that could have applications in the military and agricultural industry.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division, the National Armaments Consortium, and ACMI Federal Ink CRADA to Boost Domestic Energetics Technology Development

22 Jan, 2024

INDIAN HEAD, Md., Jan. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD), the National Armaments Consortium (NAC), and ACMI Federal today announced a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to develop prototype techniques and technologies to domestically process and manufacture critical chemicals and components in support of the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD).

On Point: Q&A With John Burer

01 Dec, 2023

John Burer founded ACMI Group, which focuses on manufacturing innovation and domestic supply chain resiliency. ACMI Federal recently received a $75 million contract from the Department of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization Directorate to develop a munitions campus.

ACMI Properties to Lead Development of Pilot Munitions Campus

27 Sep, 2023

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- ACMI Properties, a division of the American Center for Manufacturing and Innovation (ACMI), has announced it will spearhead the development and construction of a new industrial campus focused on munitions.

DOD Establishes Munitions Campus Pilot to Lower Barriers for Emerging Industry

26 Sep, 2023

The Department of Defense's Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Resilience, through its Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCEIP) office, has launched a munitions campus pilot project to support multiple emerging domestic businesses through a shared facility that will reduce cost and lower barriers to entry.

ACMI Federal Secures $75 Million DoD Contract for Munitions Campus to Strengthen Munitions Supply Chain

26 Sep, 2023

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As highlighted by the Department of Defense (DoD) ACMI Federal, an affiliate of the American Center for Manufacturing and Innovation (ACMI), today announces that it has been awarded a $75 million contract through a competitive process.

Defense Department Launches Innovative Manufacturing Pilot Program

29 Aug, 2022

The Department of Defense’s Industrial Base Policy Office has launched a pioneering manufacturing pilot program, through the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Program, with the Austin Center for Manufacturing and Innovation (ACMI) in Austin, Texas. The first-of-its-kind pilot program will focus on advanced manufacturing technology for commercial and military applications that can be rapidly scaled to production.