Aug 16, 2010 12:37 PM
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) President Barack Obama is telling workers at an advanced battery plant that clean technology industries like theirs can help reverse a longtime flow of manufacturing jobs oversees.
Obama made the comments Monday on the first stop of a three-day fundraising trip in which he will play up his economic agenda.
The battery factory, ZBB Energy Corp., is expanding with the help of a $1.3 million federal stimulus loan.
Obama said he hopes his energy policies will help to "jump-start a homegrown clean energy future" and generate 800,000 new jobs by 2012.
"For years, we've heard about manufacturing jobs disappearing overseas," Obama said. And while the economy still remains fragile "you're pointing us in the right direction," he said.
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