Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC)

The OMIC is a collaborative environment bringing together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, technique, and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and advanced technical training. OMIC is modeled after The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at University of Sheffield with Boeing in Sheffield, England.

OMIC will be a catalyst to enhance the competitiveness of the metals manufacturing industry serving companies of all sizes through an industry-driven collaborative. The result provides a critical mass of workforce and innovation assets in the region, creating an innovation park for advanced manufacturing in Oregon.


The Boeing Company's Portland, Oregon, facility is one of the world's largest titanium machine shops. In recent years, the facility has faced increased pressure from competition. To achieve long-term competitiveness, The Boeing Company seeks new and innovative tools, techniques, and technologies in support of production-rate increases and cost-reduction initiatives.

Applied Research Areas

  • Additive Processes
  • Subtractive Processes
  • Hard Metal Manufacturing
  • Automation and Optimization
  • Advanced Joining (welding)
  • Material Efficiencies
  • Material Efficiencies
  • Advanced Alloy Development
  • Next-Generation Machining Tools
  • Structural Testing
  • Large Integrated Structures

Supported by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) in Sheffield UK, The Boeing Company has transitioned several innovative technologies into the production chain. However, the innovation-to-production pathway is long, due to the lack of proximity of Boeing's primary manufacturing facilities in the US and AMRC's UK location. To assist Boeing and other regional, national and international companies in shortening this pathway, economic development leaders from industry, academia, and government have assembled in the Portland region to establish the OMIC closer to the Boeing Portland facility.

OMIC brings together as founding partners The Boeing Company, the broader regional metals manufacturing industry and employers, Portland Community College (PCC), Portland State University (PSU), Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT).