Obama, at Coat Hanger Factory, Touts America’s Manufacturing Might

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America is back

AKRON, Ohio—Touring a wire coat hanger factory in what was once a blighted industrial area here, President Barack Obama said the United States is returning to its roots as a manufacturing giant and he took a stab at critics who say the country risks losing more manufacturing jobs if a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is passed.

“Like this wire coat hanger I have in my hand, the United States is strong,” Obama said, speaking before the 75 employees of the Ace Wire Company. “Anyone who needs evidence that the United States can compete with anyone in the world just needs to look at the factory floor that surrounds me. Every day, more than 10,000 coat hangers are made here and distributed to dry cleaners and hotels throughout the United States and throughout the world. America is back!”

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Core product

Obama said the U.S. has added 50,000 manufacturing jobs in the past six months, and more are on the way. He pointed to a plant that opened two months ago outside Lansing, Mich., that has brought the manufacturing of wooden clothespins back to the United States for the http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033F65OY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0033F65OY&linkCode=as2&tag=mediab-20&linkId=XD6L2GSSSICTK35Yfirst time in two decades. “No longer are clothespins only made in China and Mexico,” Obama said. “Today, thousands of clothespins are being produced every day right here in the United States.”

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Critics contend that trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that the United States is negotiating with Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Pacific Rim countries have eroded American manufacturing in exchange for fatter paychecks on Wall Street.

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Manufacturing might

But Obama says the country’s success in recent years bringing manufacturing back to the United States is proof the critics are wrong. “Are computers, smart phones, and other high-end technologies manufactured abroad?” he said at the coat hanger plant. “Maybe. But in exchange we’re returning good, solid manufacturing operations—what I like to call core manufacturing—to our shores. Coat hangers, clothespins, nuts, bolts, nails—these are the things that the world simply can’t do without, and I’m proud to say the United States is giving countries like Mexico, Vietnam, and Brunei a run for their money when it comes to producing these important products.”

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Made in the U.S.A.

Next week, Obama said, a plastic picture frame company is opening up in Moline, Ill., which will create 45 jobs and help boost business for local transportation and warehousing companies. “Everyone has pictures in their homes,” said Obama. “No longer will we automatically assume the plastic frame we buy for our pictures are made in China; now there’s a chance they’re made right here in the United States. So, to those who think America’s best years are behind it, why don’t you ask the 45 new employees at that picture-frame company what they think? Or ask the employees of this coat-hanger factory or MIchigan’s clothespin factory. I think I know what the answer will be: ‘Watch out, world. Because those of us who make America’s hangers, clothespins, and picture frames think American manufacturing is back!'”

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