TRAVERSE CITY — Awareness and use of the latest manufacturing technology is getting a boost in northwest lower Michigan from a $275,000 Michigan Economic Development Corporation grant.

The Northwest Industry 4.0 Consortium received the grant to further the awareness and integration of Industry 4.0 practices in the region. The Consortium members are the Alliance for Economic Success, Cadillac Area Manufacturing Association, Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council, Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Networks Northwest, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, Northwest Industrial Association, Northwest Michigan Works!, Northwestern Michigan College and Traverse Connect.

Industry 4.0 is the ongoing advancement of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern technology and automation. Key activities funded by the grant will include:

• Northwest Industry 4.0 Learning Lab/Hub & Micro-Credentialing;

• Awareness building in the manufacturing sector through Manufacturing Association Industry 4.0 Alignment; and

• Regional Economic Development Industry 4.0 Strategy and Marketing