President Obama visited a manufacturing facility in Baltimore today to promote the importance of manufacturing in creating jobs and strengthening the economy. He visited a plant about a mile south of us called Ellicott Dredges, a century-old manufacturer whose work helped build the Panama Canal. The company is a major exporter with sales to 80 countries. We export to 36 countries and concur that boosting exports is essential for future growth of the U.S. economy. The president told the audience he will instruct federal agencies to halve the time for permitting for major infrastructure projects to spur job creation.
"America remains a place where you can make it if you try – and we will all prosper, together," the president said. "We need to invest in high-tech manufacturing centers, because I want the next revolution in manufacturing to be made in America."