LIFT Names Chris Conrardy Interim Executive Director

Chris Conrardy

Detroit-based Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), a Manufacturing USA institute, announces today that Chris Conrardy has been named interim executive director.

The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) Board of Directors is conducting a national search for the next executive director to replace Larry Brown who held the position since 2014. Conrardy is chief technology officer and vice president for strategic initiatives at EWI.

“As our organization moves from start-up mode to a sustainable business model, we are also evolving our leadership in order to capitalize on new industry opportunities and frontiers,” says Becky Stewart, chairman of ALMMII Board of Directors. “ALMMII and LIFT are indebted to Larry Brown and thank him for his service in building the ALMMII and LIFT from a mere concept to our magnificent research and development facility in Detroit. We all wish him the very best as he moves on to the next opportunity.”

LIFT is operated by the ALMMII. It is a public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA, and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research.