Obama pushes agenda at Canadian-owned auto parts plant

U.S. President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force base near Washington,...

U.S. President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force base near Washington, February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Bryn Weese, Senior Washington Correspondent

, Last Updated: 2:07 PM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama used a Canadian-based company with a facility stateside to push his agenda for more government involvement in the economy.

Calling for so-called manufacturing hubs, where government, education and the private sector combine efforts to lure jobs and foreign investment, Obama visited Canada's Linamar Corp.'s plant in Asheville, N.C., Wednesday.

Guelph-based Linamar, which manufacturers auto parts for industrial vehicles, opened shop in the state in 2011 in an abandoned Volvo plant.

"They (Linamar) were looking for a place to build some big parts, and these parts are big I gotta say," Obama said, in front of mining truck parts. "And while they could have gone anyplace in the world, they saw this incredible potential right here in Asheville."


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