Defense Manufacturing Communities Designation

The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program is designed to support long-term community investments that strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial ecosystem.


  • National security enhanced by reduced reliance on adversaries and increased minerals supply chain resilience
  • Economic incentives for clean processing of US waste encourage sustainable practices
  • Increased US competitiveness in manufacturing enables reshoring of mineral-dependent downstream industries

Service Area

SCORE’s initial Service Area includes a 5-state region of Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania This region is uniquely qualified to support the growth of critical minerals manufacturing supply chains, with 3 million manufacturing jobs in 54,000 firms that produce nearly $1T in economic output.

This 5-state region represents one third (33%) of foundry products and nearly one fourth (23%)of aluminum production nationally, key to minerals supply chain processes including recovery, refining, smelting, alloying, wire forming, additive powder and equipment production, as well as R&D, testing, and material standards for end users in automotive, aerospace, space, energy, and defense applications.

Five State Region as a % of US total in:

27% Stamping & Forging % of US
35.3% Ferrous Metal Foundry Products
31.3% Nonferrous Metal Foundry Products
24.4% Nonferrous Metal Rolling & Alloying in the US
22.6% Aluminum Manufacturing in the US
20.1% Nonferrous Metal Refining in the US
22.1% Circuit Board & Electronic Component Manufacturing
11.5% Space Vehicle & Missile Manufacturing
12.1% Aircraft, Engine & Parts Manufacturing

Ultimately, all states will be beneficiaries for these reasons:

  • Feedstocks for minerals recovery exist in all 50 states
  • Each waste site becomes a manufacturing process site with employment on location
  • Moves dormant waste to active manufacturing
  • Environmental clean up enabled by waste valorization
  • Occupational standards are portable for apprenticeship & industry credentialing

Join us!

It’s easier to go it together than to go it alone.

Scandium is a start - and we are interested in expanding the critical mineral sourcing, production and users for those highlighted above.

Let us know who you are and how you’d like to be involved in the U.S. critical elements commercialization accelerator.

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