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Obama to tour Charlotte manufacturer

Posted April 1, 2010

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— President Barack Obama is expected to discuss the economy during a visit to Charlotte Friday.

Obama will speak to workers and tour the facilities of Celgard, a manufacturer of microporous separators used in lithium-ion batteries. The White House hasn't released his exact schedule.

Watch Obama's talk with workers LIVE on WRAL.com around noon.

In August, Celgard, which is owned by Polypore International, Inc. (NYSE: PPO), received a $49 million grant from stimulus funds to develop batteries for electric vehicles. North Carolina State University's College of Textiles is one of Celgard's three partners in that venture.

The visit comes as the U.S. Labor Department is expected to report that businesses added 190,000 jobs in March.

North Carolina's unemployment rate stood at 11.2 percent in February, its highest since states started their current calculation method in 1976.

Sen. Kay Hagan had planned to join Obama at Celgard, but her departure from Afghanistan has been delayed, according to a release.

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  • soyousay Apr 2, 2010

    The highest unemployment since Carter was messing up the country? To get a Reagan, you have to endure 4 years of a Carter. Obama will be a one term wonder... lame duck. Of course, the big question for history will be if Obama was as bad as Carter... or worse.
    Worland

    I guess you missed the magical wonder years that preceded the Nov 08 election

  • zande Apr 1, 2010

    "I wonder if those in Charlotte, with its high 13.8% unemployment rate, still think Obama has focused on creating jobs as he promised. I am sure many of those now unemployed helped Obama get his 62% share of the vote in the Queen City in the November 2008 elections."

    Charlotte's problems started well before Obama was elected. I see very positive things starting to happen again in Charlotte and in the Triangle. All of those long term unemployed are starting to look again for jobs so the unemployment stats bump up. This is the start of the recovery. I look forward to a re-energized Obama administration!

  • workingforthosethatwont Apr 1, 2010

    We do not want him in this state for anything. he's already done enough damage.

  • jet2rdu Apr 1, 2010

    I wonder if those in Charlotte, with its high 13.8% unemployment rate, still think Obama has focused on creating jobs as he promised. I am sure many of those now unemployed helped Obama get his 62% share of the vote in the Queen City in the November 2008 elections.

    Now, there is the change you can believe in, as promised by him.

  • zande Apr 1, 2010

    "By the way, you're welcome... for taking some of my money from my family so your business could do better. Wish I could say the same for other businesses."

    Thanks! Our 10 previously unemployed workers thank you also. By the end of the year, as unemployment abates, we will all be thanking you.

  • NCPictures Apr 1, 2010

    "I am very happy to have an administration that understands how the economy actually works." ----zande

    Ummm he may have helped YOUR small company but has put a large number of jobs on the line for other businesses. I would not call that understanding how the economy works.

    By the way, you're welcome... for taking some of my money from my family so your business could do better. Wish I could say the same for other businesses.

  • zande Apr 1, 2010

    We started a business about a year ago and have benefited greatly from the stimulus. We were able to hire 10 previously unemployed workers so far this year. I am very happy to have an administration that understands how the economy actually works. It will take a while to undo the mess of the last administration but already good signs are on the horizon. The market is up considerably, manufacturing is up and job creation is likely in many sectors.

  • Worland Apr 1, 2010

    The highest unemployment since Carter was messing up the country? To get a Reagan, you have to endure 4 years of a Carter. Obama will be a one term wonder... lame duck. Of course, the big question for history will be if Obama was as bad as Carter... or worse.