Obama Visits Manufacturing Group at Cleveland State University
Obama toured a center run by a nonprofit known as MAGNET, which counsels small- and medium-sized manufacturers. MAGNET is part of a national network of such advisory centers the president wants to expand with $158 million in competitive grants.
"Right before I came here, I went to MAGNET. It's a manufacturing incubator right here in Cleveland where smaller companies are making everything from airplane parts and medical devices to whiskey," Obama said. "I did not sample the whiskey before I came here, although I'm taking a sample home. And this partnership is bringing good manufacturing jobs back to Cleveland."
His administration also plans to set up a $75 million institute to research advanced textile manufacturing. It’s the latest in a series of centers that support innovative manufacturing. Youngstown is home to the first of these centers, which focused on 3D printing.