After State of the Union speech, Obama visiting NC


ARDEN, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama is headed to North Carolina to speak to workers at an auto parts factory that has become a symbol of the area's resurgent and growing economy.

Wednesday's visit comes one day after the president's State of the Union address devoted to the economy and proposals to create jobs and bolster the middle class.

Asheville-area economic development official Ben Teague says the Linamar plant is the perfect backdrop. He says Linamar has been a catalyst for the area's manufacturing turnaround.

Canadian-based Linamar makes parts for cars and trucks. It moved into a shuttered Asheville-area factory two years ago, pledging to hire hundreds of workers.

Teague says that in the three years, manufacturers have invested nearly $520 million and created nearly 1,900 jobs in the Asheville area.

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