President Obama Pushes For Advanced Manufacturing

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A crowd of 150 university, business and government officials heard President Obama call for a new advanced manufacturing approach to reclaim America’s edge.

“This partnership is about new, cutting-edge ideas to create new jobs, spark new breakthroughs, reinvigorate American manufacturing today. Right now. Not somewhere off in the future. Right now,” he said.

The President toured CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center before announcing the new $500 million initiative.

“You’re seeing private companies co-locating inside Carnegie Mellon so that the research that is being done goes much more quickly into application,” said the President.

It’s about using advanced technologies to regain America’s manufacturing, and job creation is key.

“We have not run out of stuff to make. We’ve just got to reinvigorate our manufacturing sector so that it leads the world the way it always has, from paper and steel and cars to new products that we haven’t even dreamed up yet.”

The President outlined an academic-business-government partnership to work together to develop such processes.

“That’s how we ended up with some of the world-changing innovations that fueled our growth and prosperity and created countless jobs, the mobile phone, the Internet, GPS, more than 150 drugs and vaccines over the last 40 years.”

And he believes making things is very American.

“That’s in our blood. That’s who we are. We are inventors, and we are makers, and we are doers.”

One example of innovation the President referenced drew a laugh from his audience — diapers.

“Those who’ve been parents are always on the lookout for indestructible, military-grade diapers,” he joked.

Proctor & Gamble worked with scientists at a national defense lab on better ways to make diapers.

“We partnered with Los Alamos to leverage some of their software tools,” said Burce Brown of Proctor & Gamble. “And we were able to use that to design our diaper manufacturing operation.”

The President also praised the development of a military vehicle designed to rescue wounded from battle.

Jay Rogersof Local Motors is a former marine. He thought of the concept of the military rescue vehicle after losing friends in Iraq.

“It is possible to rock the manufacturing world and do some amazing things using crowd-derived and small manufacturing to really make America stand on top,” he said.

President Obama said future jobs depend on Americans out-thinking the foreign competition. He called for a return to the spirit of Pittsburgh’s own Andrew Carnegie.

“Just 20 years after founding his company, not only was it the largest, most profitable in the world, America had become the No. 1 steelmaker in the world.”

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  • bwark

    blah blah blah…another campaign speech full of promises of change….l

  • The Holy Blowfish

    Wanna fix the economy ? It’s so easy,just do the right thing….And that is A) Tax the rich fairly…..B) shut off the needless wars…And C) STOP OUTSOURCING !!!!!….You wanna build it over there than sell it over there……Manufacturing jobs = Burger Manufacturer

    • The One

      C) How do you stop outsourcing? Are you willing to pay $80.00 for a shirt or 5x the price for steel? its a global economy and WE will have to adapt to it. Labor intensive manfacturing is gone from this country for ever (or atleast our lifetimes). Steel, garments, cheap plastics, toys, most furniture are never coming back…. You can thank the Unions for driving all of that out. By the way most US companies DO SELL “over there”. GM is only still around because of sales in Asia, that is the only place they turn a profit. Budweiser, Marlboro… All top sales in Asia…

      We will have to get innovative, new technology, or how about we get simple again… we could export food instead of giving it away.

      A) What do you feel is a “fair “tax rate for the rich?? I would counter with – making the government dependents take less.

      B) I could not agree more. Bring our boys home. ALL OF them. That means Germany, Korea, Africa, and the Middle East. If Korea want our Military then they can pay us for it.

  • The One

    Of course, none of this will happen with obama in office, he has NO idea what he is doing with the economy. Worse yet, his wreckless spending has amplified the problem 10 fold.

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  • oh bama

    He is a communist from nyrobi.

  • oh oh no bama

    He is a communist from nyrobi. baritos baritos

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