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President mentions Youngstown’s America Makes facility in his State of the Union address

Published: Tue, January 28, 2014 @ 11:12 p.m.

President mentions Youngstown’s America Makes facility in his State of the Union address


For the second year in a row, President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address mentioned Youngstown’s $70 million advanced manufacturing hub as an example of how the United States can “beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs.”

“My administration has launched two hubs for high-tech manufacturing in Raleigh, N.C., and Youngstown, Ohio, where we’ve connected businesses to research universities that can help America lead the world in advanced technologies,” Obama, a Democrat, said in Tuesday’s address to the nation.

Obama said that the federal government would “launch six more [advanced manufacturing hubs] this year. Bipartisan bills in both houses could double the number of these hubs and the jobs they create. So get those bills to my desk. Put more Americans back to work.”

The American Makes facility, previously known as the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, took to Twitter to write it was “thrilled to announce [Obama] has mentioned” the location.

Others, including current and former Youngstown residents, also tweeted about Obama’s mention of Youngstown.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Cleveland, praised Obama for calling on “Congress to pass my bipartisan bill to create a network of manufacturing innovation hubs based on Youngstown’s America Makes.”

Read more in Wednesday’s Vindicator.

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