NCDMM Announces New VP and COO

NCDMM Executive Director of Advanced Manufacturing Jim Fisher Promoted

Jim FisherBlairsville, Pa. — September 22, 2020. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), a subsidiary of Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc., proudly announces the promotion of current Executive Director of Advanced Manufacturing Jim Fisher to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. As NCDMM VP & COO, Mr. Fisher will report to NCDMM CEO Gary Fleegle.

“I cannot think of a better candidate to fill the VP and COO position than Jim,” said NCDMM CEO Gary Fleegle. “Throughout his tenure at NCDDM, Jim has proven himself to be a competent, effective, and dedicated leader. He has been instrumental in many of our most successful projects and programs and has established strong business relationships with our defense partners and Alliance Partner network. As NCDMM’s next COO, Jim will continue to excel in these areas while further driving our operational success.”

Mr. Fisher has more than 24 years of engineering experience focused on leading applied research programs and managing teams to address manufacturing-related issues. He was awarded a letter of commendation from the Office of Naval Research for advancing manufacturing enhancements to a military vehicle. Jim also led a team that developed an Aiming Device for EOD robots that received the 2011 Gold Edison Award for Best New Product of the Year. In addition, he received a U.S. Patent for a novel tool to perform variable penetration welding using the friction stir welding process.

“I want to thank Gary and the MTDG executive leadership team for this opportunity,” said Mr. Fisher. “I am excited about NCDMM’s recent expansion as part of the MTDG family of companies and our continued growth as an organization. NCDMM is a recognized leader within the defense manufacturing industry and its supply chain. We will continue to serve this sector, meeting and exceeding the distinct challenges these customers face through the delivery of innovative and collaborative advanced manufacturing solutions.”

Previously, Mr. Fisher served as the Executive Director of Advanced Manufacturing. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Operations for more than six years, managing programs, providing strategic oversight, and driving process standardization throughout NCDMM’s operations. Mr. Fisher joined the NCDMM in 2011 as a Senior Program Manager.

Before joining the NCDMM, Mr. Fisher was the Director of Engineering at API Technologies, Corp. He also worked at EWI as a Team Manager and started his career as a Project Manager at Concurrent Technologies Corporation.

Mr. Fisher holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics and a M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, both degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

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NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in defense manufacturing to continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM is a subsidiary of the Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. (MTDG) and also manages America Makes and the V4 Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at and follow @NCDMMnews on Twitter.

About Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc.

The Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. (MTDG) is committed to transforming the advanced manufacturing industrial base throughout the world by driving innovation and accelerating growth. It is the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit holding company of both the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc. (AMI), a new subsidiary and sister company to NCDMM. Founded in 2020, MTDG is headquartered in Clearwater, Fla. For more information, visit MTDG at