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Posted: 5:41 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
CHARLOTTE , N.C. —
President Barack Obama mentioned Charlotte’s Siemens Energy plant during his State of the Union speech because of the growth it has seen.On Wednesday, one of the president’s top advisers was in Charlotte to visit the operation.Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is touring the energy plant and talking to business leaders as he touts the president's policies to strengthen the economy.Over the next three years, the company will look to add 1,000 jobs, bringing its total workforce to more than 1,800.The company has invested $350 million in Charlotte over the last four years.“We’re adding a lot of jobs and Siemen’s has decided we can be competitive to manufacture in the United States,” said Siemen’s Charlotte hub Vice President Mark Pringle.The company's Charlotte plant recently underwent a $130 million expansion to strengthen its export capabilities.Geithner will meeting with local business leaders at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce to discuss the economy and the president's efforts to create jobs after the tour of Siemen's.
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