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DOE'S OAK RIDGE Y-12 PLANT TO SHOWCASE TECHNOLOGIES TO SMALL MANUFACTURERS

 DOE'S OAK RIDGE Y-12 PLANT TO SHOWCASE
 TECHNOLOGIES TO SMALL MANUFACTURERS
 OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant will showcase its advanced manufacturing technologies to small businesses from around the southeastern region of the United States in a workshop here on November 18.
 This workshop is the second major step in implementing a technology transfer program at the Y-12 Plant where the primary mission after World War II was to manufacture nuclear weapons components.
 The first step was taken on June 29 when the Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Y-12 technology transfer mission at a ceremony where the opening of a security gate symbolized that the east end of the plant was being opened for access by industry.
 Industry already has recognized the value of the technology and expertise at Y-12 and the other DOE facilities managed by Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., in Oak Ridge. In fiscal year 1992, Y-12 became a partner in 12 cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) with industry. Six licenses for Y-12 technologies already are in place with industry.
 The purpose of the November 18 workshop is to pass the capabilities and expertise of the Y-12 work force to the people in industry who can use them.
 "Our first step was to invite business people to come to Oak Ridge in June to learn about the manufacturing technologies and expertise at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant that have supported the United States nuclear weapons complex," said D.H. Johnson, director of Y-12 Technology Transfer.
 Johnson said, "We have been very busy during the past four months creating a program that will put the concept of technology transfer into practice. Now it's time to move beyond the general statements about what we can do, what we have to offer, and go on to the next step, which involves telling business men and women how to make the connection that will enable their companies to take advantage of the resources that exist at Y-12."
 Johnson said the initial focus is on small business. "We are interested in businesses of every size, however. In fact, we will hold other workshops to which we will invite representatives of medium and large companies," he said.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Culver, Manager, Public Affairs, Office of Technology Transfer, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., 615-576-6349/ CO: Martin Marietta Energy Services, Inc.; Department of Energy ST: Tennessee IN: ARO SU:


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