About Us

Driving American Manufacturing into the Future

LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), is nonprofit 501(c)3 public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense, industry and academia, part of the national network of manufacturing innovation institutes, driving the U.S. mobility sector toward the future manufacturing revolution to support our nation’s economy and enhance our national security.

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LIFT’s mission is to advance technology and talent development – driving rapid implementation of smarter manufacturing.

Our Focus

Connecting Materials, Processes, Systems and Talent

Leading Innovations for Tomorrow

Bringing the “Art of Possible” to reality, LIFT is where American manufacturers can see the benefits of connecting materials, processes and systems to showcase the future of manufacturing.

Learning Innovations for Tomorrow

We are ensuring the next generation of advanced manufacturing talent is prepared for success and ready for the infusion of new, smarter materials, processes and systems.

World-Class Facilities

Connecting Materials, Processes, Systems and Talent

LIFT Headquarters

LIFT Headquarters is located in the Corktown area of Detroit in a 100,000 square foot facility on Rosa Parks Blvd.

LIFT Headquarters is located in the Corktown area of Detroit in a 100,000 square foot facility on Rosa Parks Blvd.

High Bay

LIFT’s High Bay is a national showcase for smarter manufacturing.

LIFT’s High Bay is a national showcase for smarter manufacturing.

Learning Lab

The LIFT Learning Lab is a unique immersive learning facility for the next generation of advanced manufacturers.

The LIFT Learning Lab is a unique immersive learning facility for the next generation of advanced manufacturers.

The LIFT Journey

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2014

LIFT Established

2015

Detroit Facility Opened

2016

Construction on LIFT High Bay Begins

2017

High Bay Facility Opened and Operation NEXT Launched at Fort Campbell, KY

2018

IGNITE: Mastering Manufacturing Launched

2019

Learning Lab Opened

2020

New Agreement Signed with the U.S. Army

The LIFT Team

The LIFT team is made up of experts in their fields, each with a passion for advancing American manufacturing.