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President Obama praises Iowa workers


President Barack Obama returned to Iowa Tuesday to praise workers at the Alcoa aluminum plant in Riverdale for their critical role in America's manufacturing sector.

Prior to addressing Alcoa employees, The President toured the Alcoa plant with the plant's General Manager, Malcom Murphy, Alcoa Chairman and CEO, Klaus Kleinfeld and USW Union Local 105 President, Charles ‘Skip' McGill.

The President stopped at three different aluminum work machines, including a milling machine, which makes aluminum airliner wings. Alcoa exports wings as long as sixty four feet. The 900 inch wings are used on the Airbus A 380, the largest airliner in the world.

In the audience to hear The President's remarks was Iowa's Republican Governor, Terry Branstad, whom The President recognized personally. He also recognized Congressmen Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack.

President Obama drew applause when he told the crowd, "Almost every airplane in the world has some kind of Alcoa product in it. Every airplane in the world, you guys have something to do with." He added, "In Iraq and Afghanistan, you've helped provide our troops with the armour they need to protect their vehicles from roadside bombs and IEDs."

While The President admitted more jobs need to be created, he reminded the workers there are new jobs available. "We've created more than two million new, private sector jobs over the last 15 months alone, including almost 250,000 in manufacturing."

Alcoa will join a new partnership designed to get new American products from the factory to the marketplace as quickly as possible. The President says, "The idea is to create new jobs now, and make sure America stays  on the cutting edge of manufacturing for years to come."

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