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February 13, 2013

Obama hits the road to sell his State of the Union

President Obama today will kick off the first day of three days of traveling outside Washington to press his case for his State of the Union priorities.

Obama will jet to the Linamar factory outside Asheville, N.C. to discuss his proposals to grow the economy "and make America a magnet for jobs and manufacturing."

The Canadian-owned company has expanded its investment in the U.S. and created new manufacturing jobs. The company produces heavy duty engine and driveline components. In 2011, it announced that its fourth U.S. manufacturing facility would be at the site of a shuttered Volvo Construction Equipment plant in Asheville. The company has since hired 160 workers and will hire 40 more by the end of the year.

The White House says that after shedding jobs for more than 10 years, manufacturers have added about 500,000 over the past three years. It says Obama's plan "builds on that momentum by investing in American manufacturing. The President has outlined a concrete agenda to train American workers for high-tech manufacturing jobs, end tax breaks to ship jobs overseas and make the U.S. more competitive, bring jobs back, and level the playing field for our workers by opening new markets for American-made products."

National Association of Manufacturers president Jay Timmons hailed Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform, expanded trade and efforts to reduce the skills gap, but said "we unfortunately didn't hear a call for action on comprehensive tax reform that will benefit manufacturers.

"A manufacturing resurgence won’t come from limiting the global power of manufacturers. Tax reform is essential because it is our uncompetitive system that is hurting manufacturers both at home and in the global marketplace. We need a regulatory policy that lessens the burden on job creators and an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline that will power manufacturers for years to come."


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