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Obama announces new Midwest manufacturing hubs

President Obama revealed the sites of manufacturing centers, accompanied by a Navy ordnance disposal robot.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

President Obama revealed the sites of manufacturing centers, accompanied by a Navy ordnance disposal robot.

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday revealed the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes to boost advanced high-tech manufacturing, with the eventual goal of creating jobs that have been lost to global competition.

As part of his year-old promise to expand public-private manufacturing partnerships, Obama said one center would open in his hometown of Chicago, concentrating on high-tech digital manufacturing and design. The other new hub will be in Canton, Mich., outside Detroit, and specialize in light metal manufacturing.

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‘‘If we want to attract more good manufacturing jobs to America, we’ve got to make sure we’re on the cutting edge of new manufacturing techniques and technologies,’’ he said from the White House.

Obama announced During his State of the Union address last year, Obama said he would spend $200 million to create manufacturing hubs that bring together companies and universities for research and development of products. Obama said Tuesday he could envision the creation of a sheet of metal as thin as paper that would be in demand in the military and private sectors.

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