Utah's Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative

01 / Introduction to UAMMI

Welcome to Utah’s Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) – the headquarters for Utah’s advanced materials and carbon composites manufacturing ecosystem.

UAMMI brings together public, private, community, industry and educational partners to assure the growth and sustainability of Utah's advanced composites industry.

UAMMI is just beginning and we want you along for the ride. A robust website with dynamic tools will be released in the coming months. For now, learn more about us here and, more importantly, connect into this vibrant network so we can keep you informed!

(650) 222-5907

02 / Utah's Composite Industry & UAMMI

It all started during the space race of the 1950’s when two Utah based explosives companies, Hercules (now Hexcel) and Thiokol (now Orbital ATK), developed expertise to improve space rockets with carbon fiber.

This early beginning has expanded now to include well over 100 Utah businesses – ranging from startups to those well established- who deliver this very specialized and unique set of carbon composite skills and services that are found today in Utah.

Those early applications with rocket ships have now expanded to using carbon composites in a range of aerospace components, medical devices, industrial products, recreational products and other products containing advanced materials.

Utah’s supply chain and ecosystem has diversified as well to include manufacturing, material suppliers, and service-based companies performing sophisticated design and analysis.

Outcomes from this project

Mapping the entire Utah advanced materials and composites industry supply chain to know which companies provide what services and their relationship to one another.

Identifying gaps in the supply chain that need to be addressed.

Determining how to access future workforce and workforce development efforts.

Increasing contract opportunities for Utah manufacturers, both in defense and commercial sectors.

Training supply chain members to promote more robust participation within the regional supply chain.

UAMMI is the joint effort of industry, government, military and academic leaders, who are committed to strengthening the supply chain and ecosystem that supports this vital industry in Utah.

To understand and improve the carbon composites ecosystem, UAMMI, through the University of Utah, received a grant from the Department of Defense- Office of Economic Adjustment to undertake a project to map Utah’s carbon composites supply chain. This mapping also includes assessing workforce development and job training as well. This project, which is currently underway, will enable stabilization of the ecosystem and prepare the industry for future growth and further diversification resulting in a stronger and more resilient supply chain that will serve as a significant contributor to Utah’s overall economy.

03 / Get Involved

We want you to be involved if you are:

Industry Professional

Let us help you better connect to find opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Production Manager

We want to help you learn best practices from industry peers.

Owner / Sr. Management

We need your insight about tackling challenges you confront as well as capturing opportunities you seek.

Sign-up to:

Receive upcoming industry newsletter to stay informed and be aware of new opportunities.

Participate in supply chain mapping discussions. (We will contact you to set up a private interview.)

Attend upcoming events (informal opportunities to better network with other industry members.)

We take your privacy serious. Your data will not be shared with anyone!

04 / Our Partners

UAMMMI brings together public, private, community, industry and education partners to assure growth and sustainability of one of this most important manufacturing cluster.

Research Institutions:

  • University of Utah
  • Weber State University
  • Utah State University
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Davis Applied Technology College
  • Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
  • Granite School District/BioInnovation Gateway

Local Economic Development Groups

  • State of Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • Salt Lake County
  • Ogden City
  • EDCUtah
  • State of Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  • Air Force Sustainment Center Operation Location Hill
  • State of Utah STEM Action Center


  • World Trade Center Utah
  • Logistic Specialties, Inc.
  • Churchill Oaks Consulting
  • Utah Manufacturing Association
  • Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering
  • EDO Corporation
  • ENVE Composites
  • Total Quality Systems, Inc.
  • EmergenTek

OEA is the Department of Defense’s field organization responsible for supporting state and local government's response to defense program changes, such as base closures, base restructuring or realignment, growth issues surrounding compatible land and air use for military base and community, and other issues that can impact the economy of a region.

05 / The Project Team

The project team that is charged with the work associated with OEA grant is comprised solely of Utah based companies and organizations.


The SCI Institute is an internationally recognized leader in visualization, scientific computing and image analysis. Our overarching research objective is to create new scientific computing techniques, tools and systems that enable solutions to problems affecting various aspects of human life.


Logistic Specialties, Inc., (LSI), is a world leader in Consulting, Logistics and Engineering support. LSI provides both government and commercial entities with creative solutions. Based in Layton, Utah.


Redirect is a full service digital marketing agency, combining strategy and creative to develop measurable campaigns and daring ideas that move people from now to next. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Grow utah

Grow Utah is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and the expansion of emerging economic clusters across the state. We connect clusters with valuable resources that foster startup growth in Utah. Based in Kaysville, Utah.


Quatere is a non-profit engaged in online platform development across a range of areas, including a peer-to-peer entrepreneurship education model and an ecosystem map for entrepreneurs in the state of Utah.

06 / Press

University of Utah Launches Initiative to Strengthen Utah's Advanced Materials Suppliers

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - December 20, 2016 - The University of Utah announced today that it has received a $4 million dollar grant from the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of Economic Adjustment, to assess and improve the complete supply chain for Utah’s DoD- focused carbon composites and advanced materials industry. The overall objective of the grant is to make Utah’s advanced materials industry more globally competitive and capable of diversifying into new markets in which industry contracts can be secured and state jobs increased...

07 / Contact Us

For information regarding the supply chain please contact:

Ross Marshall
UAMMI Program Manager, Composites Supply Chain
Logistics Specialties, Inc. (LSI) - Vice President of Strategy
Cell: 801.513.9675

For additional information please contact:

Kevin Jessing
OEA Grant Manager
University of Utah
Cell 801.835.3994