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Obama again calls Youngstown hub national asset

Published: Wed, January 29, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

President points to America Makes as shining example


President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House chamber Tuesday.

By David Skolnick



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 admin- istration 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 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.”

Brown is sponsoring legislation to establish other such hubs to “create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs. This builds on the momentum created when the administration announced earlier this month that it would support the creation of a new public-private manufacturing hub modeled after Youngstown’s” America Makes.

“The people in Youngs-town should be proud of the work that the additive manufacturing folks are doing for the city and for the country,” said Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally. “It seems to be a pattern by the president to congratulate us on the additive manufacturing work and we hope it continues.”

McNally, a Democrat, said that he and 10 other mayors met privately last week with Vice President Joe Biden to talk about workforce development at a U.S. Conference of Mayors event in Washington, D.C. The group also spoke to David Agnew, deputy assistant to the president and the director of intergovernmental affairs.

“We had a good conversation,” McNally said. “We in Youngstown find it great that the president mentions us. I told [Biden], ‘We hope it continues next Tuesday [in the State of the Union address]. It’s very positive for us to be recognized by the president.”

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, said: “I applaud the President’s call for more investments in infrastructure, his commitment to high-tech manufacturing in Youngstown, Ohio, and his call to replicate the success there in six more places around the country. That our region is once again being held up as an example for the nation to follow should make every Ohioan proud.”

Barb Ewing, chief operating officer at the Youngstown Business Incubator, instrumental in getting America Makes to the city, said Obama’s remarks “reaffirm our position that we’re breaking new ground here. Every time the president mentions Youngstown, it remind the country that we’re making things happen here.”

In last year’s State of the Union address, Obama used the America Makes facility as a model for the development and growth of new technology in the nation.

“Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio,” Obama said in the Feb. 12, 2013, speech. “A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns.”

During the speech, Obama said he planned the “launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs” and asked Congress to help “create a network of 15 of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made in America.”

As it did with Obama’s other top priorities — immigration reform, increased gun control, an infrastructure job-creation program, Medicare reform and deficit reduction — in his 2013 State of the Union address, Congress didn’t take action needed to create Obama’s proposed 15-location advanced manufacturing network.

He lowered the number to six in Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Obama named Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 15 as the first of the three manufacturing hubs. During that speech, Obama praised the “great work” occurring at Youngstown’s facility.

The Youngstown facility uses 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 materials and labor in the process.

In response to Obama’s address, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, said, “I am disappointed, but not surprised, by President Obama’s decision to double down on the same big-government policies that are making the American people’s lives harder. The president’s real agenda is not about equalizing incomes; his goal is to equalize outcomes. And that will lead to setbacks for small- business owners and hard working taxpayers.”

Fellow GOP U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of Butler, Pa., R-3rd, who represents Mercer and Lawrence counties, said, “For the fourth year in a row, I listened live as President Obama spoke boldly and ambitiously, and for the fourth year in a row, I heard him fail to acknowledge the true solutions that our country desperately needs or accurately describe the true challenges that so many Americans are facing. While the president once again depicted a far-reaching agenda sure to please his political base, his speech once again provided the wrong answers to the wrong questions.”

Obama is visiting a U.S. Steel Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pa., near Pittsburgh, today as part of a two-day, four-stop tour to support the agenda he discussed in Tuesday’s address.


1Ypboy(54 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

You dems in Ytown have destroyed the area. Keep drinking the koolaid.

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2DACOUNTRYBOY(481 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

The goal of Obama has been to send all manufacturing offshore. Case in point is his goal to raise electricity rates by shutting down electric generating plants fired by coal and shutting down all mining for coal. Barack speaks with forked tongue. The Chinese now have all of our technology and they are not hindered by Obama

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3Notorious_Pig(117 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Actually, when the Prez mentions a company, they usually go out of business or file for corporate bankruptcy. This is probably a curse. And he has mentioned Youngstown before and has anything good come of it? Heck no.

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4billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Wow, DACOUNTRYBOY, your statement makes no sense. Obama has nothing to do with electricity rates, gasoline rates or any other commodity. He has offered electric companies incentive to convert to natural gas, (creating jobs in our area. Shell drilling and selling) What does coal mining have to do with offshore manufacturing? Ypboy, could you come up with some elaboration on your statement. That isn't a question, it is a direct statement. Please fill us in. Notorious_Pig, what business' has the prez mentioned that went out of business or declared bankruptcy? I hope your not thinking of plants built in China or some third world country. These plants take 3-5 years and in some cases longer to build. So if your referring to GE, Delphi, or steal manufacturing, computer assembly these business' move was in the making before he became president. Delphi for instance was putting plants in Mexico during the 70's, most steal manufactures slowly started leaving the country in the 70's and textiles left in the 60's. Quit listing to Lush Bimbaugh and read a book. Not one of you have an original thought. Just parroting or intellectually deficient. I have yet to hear anything from the right as to changing the course of the direction they created. Trickle down economics has been a disaster. The working class has fewer options, lower pay, and more debt. If any of you are 40 or below tell me how you are going to save for your retirement, or do you just plan on working until you die? I could go on for days as to your lack of logic, but some people are so brain dead that teaching is like pouring liquid in a sieve. I really wanted another choice the last election. Romney was not a choice. He was another puppet for the GOB's (good old boys) club. Our country needs more awareness and less apathy. To attack with rhetoric is lame. Elaborate, show proof of your half informed statement, give examples, personal attacks are not proof of your statement. They display ignorance and lack of education. Again, read a book.

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5Dagwood(263 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Billdog here is my experience with the POTUS:

This time 1 year ago my family of four had FANTASTIC health insurance. Great docs and great coverage, all for about $400/month for the entire family. Thanks to this president, I am now paying $333/a person for basic crappy coverage and lost the wonderful physicians that I trusted with my life and my family's lives with. I will admit I make a good wage, but that should not penalize me and my family. Like many Americans I worked my butt off, gained experience and spent a lot of money on education so that I could provide a wonderful life for my family. Yet, this administration believes that everyone should get equal money, equal insurance, equal benefits regardless of their contributions to society. BS, I'll be damned if i'm gonna sit back and listen to this liar tell me I have to "share the wealth", "pay my fair share", this is not North Korea, and the last time I checked EVERYONE has an Equal Opportunity to find and receive and education and find and gain work experience.

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6DACOUNTRYBOY(481 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

The notorius "billdog1" once again comes to the aid of Obama. Coal is the backbone of the steel industry. Eliminate it or spiral the cost for it and you decimate the infrastructure of America. Steel beams can't be 3D printed nor can ships,tanks and artillery. American steel will be as rare as intelligence on Capitol Hill. Obama has however, with his policies, liberated millions of Americans from the toils of labor.

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7redeye1(5060 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Once again , you can see how the people of the valley are really feeling. First off,
Billidog Just by your post you have shown the entire reading population that you have no idea what coal has to do with our economy. That you are nothing more then a kool-aid drinker who will back any FOOL who hands them a freebie when ever they want.
Erplane You too must be a kool-aid drinker because if you think that the valley is getting positive feedback from the fool in the white house You are WRONG! This valley needs more then his little speech on TV.. He is doing nothing more them blowing smoke up the demoncrats arses of this valley demoncrat stronghold hoping they will re-elect the fools who have RUIN this valley over the last 100 yrs.

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8dontbeafool(1365 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

ya eivo, this country was in GREAT shape when he took over!

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9HSG(171 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Burning coal is a wonderful idea. Let's send an emissary to china, and India, and, if they are allowed outdoors due to atmospheric conditions (read:smog) they can perform some tests.

During the last olympics, hosted by coal-burning china, athletes were given standard breathing apparatus to ensure that they didn't inhale too many particulates; the apparatus included mouth and nose covers!

A closer look at 'air quality' could be obtained by a trip to Mexico City, which is famous for unregulated burning of diesel fuel in many different capacities, notably autos and mass transit.

If you do not care about the atmosphere or water (due to what's known as 'run-off', coal should be the fuel of choice for all energy needs.

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10billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

DACOUNTRYBOY, as you show your lack of ability to keep up with the times, modern steel production isn't done with coal. Again, read a book. V&M uses electronic diode furnaces as well as most modern factories. Even China don't want old coal burning factories most newer factories are run on natural gas. They do however have many electric generation plants that use coal. Most of their new and currently being built generation plants are being fitted with natural gas or nuclear technology.

Dagwood, as for your experience with what has occurred with your health care. Blame the health insurance company and your doctors that you are so dedicated to. Most health insurance companies allow any doctor or provider to come to them as a preferred provider. If your beloved doctor don't want to be on that list, it tends to be based on that providers GREED. Having much experience in the connection between providers and insurance companies I see it everyday. It didn't start 5 years ago. It has been going on for as long as I have been doing Pre-Cirtifications for patient care and procedure. (25 years) Ask your doctor to become a preferred provider on your insurance companies list. If he refuses it indicates his greed over concern for his patients. You also have the right to pay out of pocket for any provider you wish. If your rates have increased as you say ?00% maybe you should do a little shopping. My employers rates have dropped, my coverage has remained the same my contribution has become less as I pay a percentage. It appears all your intellect based on your own opinion, yet your statements tell us your not all that bright.

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11billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Obama don't need my rescue. He needs people to quit with party line politics. Like the republicans if we attack based on standing the line even when it is nonsense it hurts the nation. Many things the democrats do I disagree with. I have many guns and a CCW, I believe in the death penalty, I believe in privacy, I believe that government on all levels have become wasters of of our tax dollars, I believe and allowing everybody that is willing to do the work to obtain an education should be afforded the opportunity, I believe all that live in this country should have access to health care without my rates paying a person that has the ability to pay should have access to a policy they can afford without being gouged. We are one of the richest countries on the planet and we help countries that their people hate us, we give money to business' that brag of making billions a qt, we subsidize business that take jobs to other countries, all with tax dollars while denying our people basic services. These aren't policies that are in anybody's best interest other than special interests. Paying farmers to not farm, food-stamps are farm aid, political parties spending more on elections than subsidies for our citizens for a decade. I will say it again, this isn't a political issue, it's common sense and neither side is all right or all wrong. READ A BOOK.

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12billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

At any rate this article was about the good work being done in our area. If you don't benefit from it, remember a lot of people don't benefit from your work either. This was good for area in terms that others with ideas that require some of this technology may consider our area to move their business here. Although if they read the comment section of the paper they probably wouldn't as just to much whining takes place here.

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13DACOUNTRYBOY(481 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Most Obama supporters along with Obama have one thing in common and that isn't brilliance. That electronic diode furnace is only good for melting scap metal. Making steel from iron ore involves a blast furnace which uses coke , a product of coal. We are shipping scrap metal to China in record amounts. When the supply of scrap metal gets scarce our only option will be to buy finished products from China. Obama is liberating our masses from working in record numbers.

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14GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Finally someone gets it. Billdog with posts 13 and 14. Brilliant.

Eivo. You said on another article there's no way you would watch the SOTU Address so once again, everything you write about it is cut and pasted from other sources and should be ignored. You should at least be an adult and give source credit for the ideas you are stealing since you are incapable of holding an original thought. BTW, the whole "the liar" thing is really getting old. Please come up with another derogoratory term. Just cut and paste one from Drudge like you do everything else.

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15HSG(171 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Name-calling would be the LEAST of eivo's problems in terms of constructing logical progressions or debating particular points.

As is the case with most idealogues, eivo is seldom burdened with providing facts; invective and abuse are much easier.

That is, if you have read one of his posts, you have read them all.

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16billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

DACOUNTRYBOY that is what your free and open global market has created. When we allow our own business to trade with countries that utilize government funded labor in private industry (Communism) capitalism suffers. You can't think beyond your own hate.

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17walter_sobchak(2173 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Most of the steel produced in this country is done in mills that use electricity or natural gas for energy as most of the feedstock is recycled steel. Very little coal in this country is converted into coke for iron ore smelting. Over 90% of the coal mined is used for the production of electricity. It is the most efficient and cost-effective source of energy for electricity generation and the US EPA is killing the coal industry. It cannot be denied and it is ludicrous as we are sitting on a couple of hundred years worth of coal that can be cleanly and safely burned. The fourth branch of government, the executive departments, are stifling American industry and livelihoods with their over-regulation.

Barry Soetoro is hardly an inspiring man. He keeps wanting to make everyone out in America as a victim, especially of the evil, rich, white republican males that lord over everyone. He believes the individual can only make it with the assistance of others. "You didn't build that!" He is a typical community agitator, straight out of the Saul Alinsky handbook. I heard only snippets of his diatribe when I flipped over during commercials while watching Modern Family on USA. (funnier than Barry and far less tragic, IMHO), But, I did hear him claim that the US economy has been growing for the last four years! If this is true, then why do we need to keep extending unemployment benefits for 99 weeks? He has lied about having the most transparent presidency, he lied about healthcare, he lied about Gitmo, he lied about spying on US citizens, he lied about Benghazi. If this guy was Pinnochio, his nose would be longer than slick Willy's taliwacker in a room full of WH interns in blue dresses. He is out of ideas and I just hope the US will survive until he leaves office.

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