Improving Manufacturing Efficiencies through Partnerships in Innovation

The Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences (LCMS) is a consortium of industry and non-profit organizations, as well as affiliate members representing government and economic development entities, committed to improving manufacturing processes and efficiencies across the U.S. industrial and technology base. LCMS is headquartered at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and operates under a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

LCMS focuses on manufacturing improvements in a range of activities, among them space and aerospace, shipbuilding, land vehicles, munitions and parts replacement. Leveraging the knowledge and experience of its manufacturing- and technology-based members, the consortium has built a rich record across the country of improving client operations and helping Government and industry Program Managers meet their requirements.

Since its formation in 1997, LCMS has executed a wide range of projects for the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command (ARDEC) and for the U.S. Navy's Office of Manufacturing Technology. Through the use of more than $70 million in contract funding, the LCMS team has aided in manufacturing-process improvements for many partners in Louisiana, the Gulf Coast region and throughout the United States.

Under a new Cooperative Endeavor Agreement soon to be executed between NASA and the State of Louisiana, LCMS will assume the role of Manager of the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) at the Michoud complex. Working under subcontract to Louisiana State University, LCMS will be responsible for developing expanded research collaborations at NCAM among Government, industry and academia in support of the missions of NASA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and other Federal agencies.