Kirk Pinho| Crain’s Detroit Business

The American Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Institute, or ALMMII, will officially open in Corktown Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Mike Duggan, the institute’s executive director and others.

ALMMII — led by the University of Michigan; the Columbus, Ohio-based manufacturing technology nonprofit EWI; and Ohio State University — is opening in a 99,000-square-foot building at 1400 Rosa Parks Blvd.

The $148 million development was expected to be located in Canton, but German 3-D printing company Voxeljet AG leased the space that the institute wanted in the Haggerty II Corporate Park near Haggerty Road and Michigan Avenue.

The 1 p.m. event will end at 3:30 and will feature exhibits and demonstrations.

Speakers include Duggan; Lawrence Brown, executive director of ALMMII; Andre Gudger, director of the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs; and representatives of the industry and education communities.

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