Advanced Manufacturing Institute Coming to WNY

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM EDT

AMHERST (WKBW) As local business and government leaders met at the University at Buffalo, one of the hot topics was a specialized institute dedicated to the latest technology in the field of manufacturing.

It is part of the "Billion for Buffalo," an advanced manufacturing resource institute coming to the queen city.

Plans are now in the works for a state-funded research and resource center to help local businesses with the latest techniques and technologies to compete on a global scale.

The idea is based off a similar institute in Ohio called EWI, with the goal of growing local business through the help of the newest ideas in the world of manufacturing.

"You want to have access to the latest technologies that will help you make the most competitive product. Whether that be higher performance, better reliability, made at a lower cost, all those types of things you can do with advanced technologies," EWI Chief Technology Officer Chris Conrardy said. "So you want a resource here to help manufacturers identify those technologies, and then adopt them and insert them."

No specific location has been decided on, but the institute will be somewhere in Buffalo and officials hope to be open and operating by sometime next year.