Through the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, six supply chain partners have launched the National Supply Chain Network Initiative, which aims to help smaller manufacturers get connected with larger firms as suppliers.
The initiative also strives to provide greater access to innovation for smaller links in the supply chain, providing direction and assistance through an online network.
The plan, which started as a discussion during the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative meeting, links together GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the Center for Economic Growth, the Hudson Valley Technology Development Center, the AutoHarvest Foundation, CONNECT and CONNECTORY. The group will first create a pilot in the Hudson Valley, with the aim of rolling it out to the West, Midwest and East before creating a model for the entire country.
“As it becomes more evident that the success of modern manufacturing will be an integral part of the growth of the U.S. economy, it is apparent that a strong linkage between all size manufactures and access to innovation is imperative to ensure that the U.S. manufacturing sector can compete and lead in the global economy,” said Mike Russo, senior manager, government relations, GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “Large manufacturers need to be able to easily identify smaller manufacturers who are able to supply needed goods and smaller manufacturers need to know where their potential markets lie and have access to the latest innovation in order to improve manufacturing processes and product design. CGI has provided the vehicle for those now engaged in the NSNI to come together to identify and solve this fundamental problem.” - Jon Ross