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Obama names Youngstown as model for new tech development

Published: Wed, February 13, 2013 @ 12:10 a.m.
  State of the Union: Youngstown Manufacturing

During the State of the Union address, the president discusses the recent additive manufacturing initiative in downtown Youngstown.

During the State of the Union address, the president discusses the recent additive manufacturing initiative in downtown Youngstown.


President Barack Obama gestures as he gives his State of the Union address Tuesday.

President names Youngstown as model in State of the Union

By David Skolnick



President Barack Obama used Youngstown and its $70 million advanced manufacturing hub as a model for the development and growth of new technology in his State of the Union address.

“Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio,” Obama, a Democrat, said in Tuesday’s speech to the nation. “A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns.”

Obama said he planned the “launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs.”

Obama also asked Congress to help “create a network of 15 of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made in America.”

It was the first city mentioned in Obama’s speech.

A former furniture warehouse on West Boardman Street in Youngstown was converted a few months ago to create the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a facility focused on boosting production of additive manufacturing through research and development.

The technology utilizes 3-D software that draws up a detailed blueprint, which is then transmitted to a specialized machine that uses plastics, metals or resins to print a product layer-by-layer, cutting out costly material and labor in the process.

The U.S. Department of Defense provided a $30 million grant with $40 million coming from more than 60 private and public entities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining estimates that, in the long-run, 7,200 regional jobs will be created because of the new hub.

While listening to the speech, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-13th, was shown on national television smiling and pointing when Youngstown was mentioned.

“Over the past three years, the manufacturing sector has added nearly 50,000 jobs, and I am certain that number will continue to grow with the president’s plan,” Ryan said. “In Northeastern Ohio, we are already making the investments necessary for a 21st century economy as the Tech Belt and the [NAMII] in Youngstown create new wealth and new jobs.”

U.S. Rep. David Joyce of Russell, R-14th, whose district includes northern Trumbull County, said, “I’m pleased the president used his address to tell the rest of the country about the exciting, innovative work the people of Youngstown, Ohio, are doing at their manufacturing innovation institute.”

Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone said Obama’s mention of Youngstown “is great,” and he was proud the president pointed to the city.

The president’s comment about Youngstown created a buzz on Twitter with “Youngstown” trending on the popular social-media site with numerous tweets from people excited about the mention.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, tweeted: “Youngstown’s NAMII could be the model for spurring America’s manufacturing future,” and “This network — modeled on Youngstown — would help manufacturers to improve innovation and create new jobs.”

Brown is drafting legislation to create a national network program based on NAMII in Youngstown.


1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Wow. Twitter almost capsized from the buzz.

Thousands and thousands of jobs will rise from the Mahoning river, and capital will swell over its banks.

All the crime, poverty and street gangs in the city will dry up in a second, all because the mighty Obama mentioned us by name

Maybe he can wave his magic wand and the deficit will be reduced to zero.

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2lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Chuck...thank you so much for the message from the Republican Party.Mark Munroe and Tracy Winbush are so proud to have you deliver it.

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3YtownSports(306 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Could the President find Youngstown on a map?

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4eddie0102(7 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

The negativity is amazing; considering that Bush didn't help create any job opportunities in Youngstown, Ohio. When the president of the US thinks enough of our city to make it the focal point for an effort to improve the local economy it shouldn't be met with ANY resistance. Ignorance is bliss, and uplifts those who embellish it.

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5eddie0102(7 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

YtownSports, I bet he could find it on a map, but more importantly he decided to not only find Youngstown on the map but make it the focal point and city for an economic resurgence, by creating new jobs.

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6lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Eddie...well said. I'm am so tired of those on this board who slam Youngstown for right wing, Republican ideologies. There are, in fact, some fantastic things happening here. Lordstown and the Chevy Cruz, V&M, the incubator, NAMII, the rebirth of our downtown,and the national and international positive attention we are receiving. Seriously, I have taken a close look at the posting of the two worst offenders, UticaShale and chuck_carney, and they are coming right from the talking points of the Republican Party.

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7lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Obama is proposing 15 federal labs, but NAMII will be the only one for additive manufacturing research. There others will all have a different focus. Please, if you are going to post, educate yourself. The incubator and NAMII welcome community input and freely give tours. Stop lurking at your keyboards and open your eyes.

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8eddie0102(7 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Living in Houston, Texas I would hardly call oil and natural gas temporary jobs. The majority of the economy here is wrapped around those two resources and jobs and I would call Houston and most of the state of Texas an area in which the economy is thriving. I am by no means attempting to compare Houston to Youngstown, Ohio, but I wanted to point out the fallacies within your argument and poke holes in your premise as a whole. Nonetheless, unless you have some alternative plan, then how can you knock the EFFORT to revitalize the economy in Youngstown?

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9eddie0102(7 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

@ LovethisCity... This is my first time responding to a post that was made, and I believe chuck_carney was a teacher that I had in high school. I may be wrong…

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10lefty83(313 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

The people on this comment section are just miserable people.Very glad i moved away.p.s.it's 86 degrees you miserable sweater wearin crown victoria drivin old farts.Go take your meds,dan ryan isn't on anymore.

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11redeye1(5664 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

PHEW !!!! What's that SMELL? Oh, Obammy is spreading more of his cow dung. With all the BS he threw out last night , we should become a farmer's mecca. The land will allways be fertile if Obammy is our great leader. LMAO

Question for all posters. Isn't he the president to all people or classes? Then why does he keep saying he's only for the middle class. What's wrong with the lower class and the higher class of people. Oh wait, he just wants the rich to pay for everything while the lower class lives scott free.. What this country real needs is a flat tax where everyone is equal. I don't care if you are rich or on welfare, everyone pays the tax. Let's say a 10% sales tax on everything. Those that spend, will pay those that don't will not. It's very simple and easy. But the Demoncrats don't want it.It would take away voters from them. No more FREE handouts!!!!! means No more Votes to them.

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12eddie0102(7 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

YSUwin... I think I already responded to you before you posted… Ignorance is bliss, and uplifts those who embellish it.

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13eddie0102(7 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago


How can you say that Obama single handedly closed a power plant? The EPA is a little bigger than one person; it’s a mandate that regulates pollution. After reading your article, I never came away assuming that Obama was behind the closing of this plant, and that just exacerbates the fallacies within your own argument. This sounds like a company that wasn’t willing to make the needed improvements to keep the doors open and the 40 people (and the city) who lost their jobs suffered because of the company’s mismanagement of funds and refusal to make the needed improvements. The Sierra club was quoted in the article saying “closing the plant will prevent about 179 premature deaths, 300 heart attacks and 2,800 asthma attacks each year”. As a result, this sounds like this was a decision that was vetted and not reached solely by the influence of one man. Thanks for the article, this was a GREAT read!

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14redeye1(5664 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

eddie0102 The so-called jobs that you have mentioned are few and far between what Obammy is claiming. You see its easy to say something and not prove it. There are jobs , but not as many as he wants you to think. If you think 20 jobs is great , then Ii feel sorry for you. I know he says in the future it will bring more. Well he says he wants to open 12 more of these places. With that comes competition, so who's to say these jobs will stay here in Y-town. No one can predict the future because
if they could they would be winning the lotteries, instead of working! So no, I'm not holding my breathe on this.

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15eddie0102(7 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

@YSUwin... I don't live in the area, so are you referring to yourself? I grew up there, but I've since moved to the south. Take it easy man. =)

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