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A Renaissance in American Manufacturing

"an Amerca Built To Last"

Thank you, Mary. Thank you for your leadership, and for your service on the President's Export Council. I also want to thank your President Jay Timmons who is such a strong voice for American manufacturing.

Good evening. It's great to be here with all of you. And it's an exciting time to be an American manufacturer.

Over the past two years, U.S. manufacturing created over 400,000 jobs-over 80,000 in the first 2 months of this year alone. You are a strong driving force behind the nearly 4 million jobs created by U.S. businesses over the past 2 years.

For generations, manufacturing has built up America's middle class.

And today, the facts are clear:

* Manufacturing jobs are more likely to be full-time jobs.

* They are more likely to have good benefits for workers.

* And they pay about 12% more than other jobs.

As you have said ... and as the President said last Friday ... our goal is a Renaissance in American manufacturing.

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