COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) --A $70 million federal contract is at the center of a new partnership between Ohio State, the University of Michigan and EWI, a Columbus-based firm specializing in research and innovations for manufacturers.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the project, which is expected to be announced later this week by President Obama, could help retain manufacturing jobs and create up to 10,000 jobs in the Midwest.

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