In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said he wanted to restart America's economic engine.
On Wednesday, Obama came to an engine plant in Asheville to sell his plan.
He chose Linamar Manufacturing because it's growing fast and hiring, and a lot of these workers got technical training to change careers for a better life.
In what used to be a vacant manufacturing plant, closed by Volvo during the recession, Obama laid out his argument for an American resurgence.
"No job in America should go unfilled because someone does not have right skills to fill that job," Obama said. The president believes technical training will solve that problem.
Ricky Mathis was working at a convenience store before he went back to school.
"I went to school to get a job here as a machine operator," Mathis said, now a Linamar employee.
Last year, Linamar received a job development investment grant from the state to move its plant to Arden.
They were also attracted by a trained workforce. Many of their employees trained at a technical school in Asheville. Some were hired as soon as they graduated.
"We've hired 160. (We) will have 400 in a five-year period," said Linamar general manager Mark Treffinger.
Workers say it did lead to a better life, so it's no surprise the president came to Asheville, saying America needs to answer some tough questions if it wants to once again be a manufacturing powerhouse.
"How do we bring more jobs? Equip people with skills to do those jobs," Obama said.
The president heads to Atlanta and Chicago to other businesses he believes exemplify his plan to get America back to work.