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The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) facility in Scappoose, Oregon is the anchor for a planned innovation park. OMIC is a partnership of industry leaders in advanced manufacturing and higher education institutions, based on the model of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Great Britain.
OMIC partnered with Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland Community College, Oregon State University, and Portland State University to generate a plan to retrofit the existing Scappoose facility to convert it into an advanced manufacturing research and training facility. The plan is for OMIC to be a co-located Research and Development (R&D) and Training Center run by Portland Community College. It will augment the Greater Portland area’s metals, machinery and manufacturing industry and train the next advanced manufacturing workforce.
In FY 2018, EDA awarded $2,984,514 in Public Works funds to the Oregon Institute of Technology to retrofit and equip OMIC's Scappoose facility into the R&D and Training Center. The project has the potential to create up to 978 new jobs, retain over 500 existing jobs and result in $692.4 million in private investment. In addition, the availability of approximately 400 acres of vacant land surrounding the facility allows for growth and co-location of industry research and production facilities.