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President Obama’s Visit Showcases Alcoa’s Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities
Alcoa showcased the advanced manufacturing capabilities of its Davenport, Iowa, plant on June 28, 2011, during a tour by U.S. President Barack Obama. President Obama also announced that Alcoa was joining the President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Watch the replay and view photo gallery at bottom.
Davenport is the manufacturing hub of Alcoa’s $3 billion aerospace business and the world’s premier aerospace supply plant, producing high-tech products for all major aircraft, including Airbus' A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, and Boeing's 747-8 and 777.
“Alcoa is showing us the future we can build here in eastern Iowa and across the country,” said President Obama in remarks at the plant today.
“At companies like Alcoa reinvention is a way of life…that spirit is at the heart of our American story.”
President Obama, accompanied by Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld and Davenport Works Vice President and General Manager Malcolm Murphy, met with Alcoa employees and saw how Davenport’s products make ground and air transportation lighter, stronger and safer.
“Alcoa has been at the center of the aerospace industry since the very beginning,” Kleinfeld said. “Nothing would fly without aluminum. Today’s visit recognizes the teamwork and passion that keeps Alcoa at the forefront of innovation and advanced manufacturing in the U.S. and abroad.”
After touring the Davenport facility, the President spoke to about 400 Alcoa employees and members of the community, highlighting his newly announced Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies to create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance competitiveness. Obama announced that Alcoa was joining the partnership effort, which was launched last week in Pittsburgh.
“The idea is to create jobs now and to make sure America stays on the cutting edge of manufacturing for years to come,” President Obama said.
“They have a saying at Alcoa, nobody is perfect, but a team can be.
“As a team, America can perfect itself, but we have to start working as a team.”
Alcoa’s Davenport Works employs 2,200 people and more than 25 percent of its revenue comes from global exports.
Press CoverageMore than 95 media outlets covered the President's visit. Here are some samples of their coverage.
(Bloomberg) Obama Turns to Alcoa as Backdrop for Manufacturing