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Governor Quinn Proposes Manufacturing Lab for Companies

By The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn wants to create a manufacturing lab in Chicago to allow companies to learn and use new tools and software.  He proposed the so-called Illinois Manufacturing Lab during his State of the State address on Wednesday.  

The Chicago Democrat says the lab will be established through a partnership between the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications and private companies.  The lab would let manufacturers simulate supply chains, train workers and use new technology, among other things. 

It will be started with $5 million from the state and $5 million raised from private businesses.  Quinn says the idea will help close the make Illinois manufacturers more competitive.

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