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Foster Highlights Fab Labs At White House Maker Faire

Jun 18, 2014
Press Release

Fab Lab

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) attended the first-ever White House Maker Faire where he highlighted the Fab Lab Act of 2013.  The event featured innovators and entrepreneurs who are using new tools and techniques to bring their ideas to life.  At the event, Foster spoke to President Obama about Fab Labs, which are state-of-the-art fabrication laboratory in which children and adults can invent, design and manufacture products ranging from tools to artwork to robot parts. 

“I was very pleased that President Obama hosted the first-ever Maker Faire and highlighted projects like Fab Labs which are supporting innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Foster.  “I had the chance to tell the President about Fab Labs and the work we’re doing to increase access to Fab Labs and other tools.  Innovators and entrepreneurs are the core of our nation’s global economic success.  It is critical that we support their efforts to develop new ideas, products and technology which will drive our innovation economy.”

Foster is a scientist and businessman who created a start-up company at age 19 with his younger brother.  That company, Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc., now employs hundreds of people in the Midwest and manufactures over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States.

Additionally, Foster is the sponsor of the National Fab Lab Network Act of 2013.  The legislation, which has received bipartisan support, would establish a national Fab Lab network throughout the United States to promote manufacturing in the U.S. and invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. 

More information on the Fab Lab Act of 2013 is available here.