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Chemicals Industry
The chemicals industry is one of the United States' largest manufacturing industries and also one of the top exporting sectors of U.S. manufacturing.

SUSA Chemicals FedPrograms

Federal Programs and Legislation

Manufacturing USA: Manufacturing USA – the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation - consists of linked manufacturing innovation institutes with common goals, but unique concentrations. Each institute is designed to be a public-private membership organization where industry, academia, and government partners are leveraging existing resources, collaborating, and co-investing to nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization. In the chemicals area, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) was created in 2015 with membership from industry, academia, and the public sector. The IACMI will foster the creation and application of next-generation composites by accelerating the development and adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies in the industry with a focus on vehicles, wind turbines, and compressed gas storage.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership: The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) helps U.S. firms by providing individually tailored services to help companies improve their productivity, economic competitiveness and technological capabilities. The program leverages money and resources in a cooperative effort with the federal government, state and local authorities, and the private sector. The MEP generates approximately $18 in new sales growth for manufacturers for every federal dollar invested.

Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office: Through cost-shared projects, tools, training, and information, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) works with a broad spectrum of public-private partners to develop and commercialize technologies/materials and practices that will result in increased energy productivity and savings for U.S. industry.  Two of the AMOs research and development projects have chemical-related initiatives:  the Innovative Process and Materials Technologies Project and the Next Generation Materials Project.

Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office: The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) works with a broad spectrum of government, industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the United States to develop commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower made from renewable U.S. biomass resources that reduce our dependence on imported oil while enhancing energy security.

Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business and Cooperative Service (RBSC): Among the Business Programs of the RBSC is the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (BAP or Section 9003 Program).  The BAP provides loan guarantees to assist in the development of manufacturing facilities for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased chemical products