CLEVELAND– The City of Cleveland will soon be getting ready to roll out the presidential red carpet once again.
President Barack Obama will be in town Thursday, visiting one of the most successful steel manufacturing plants in the country.
Air Force One is expected to touch down in Cleveland during the afternoon, and then the president is set to visit ArcelorMittal just off I-77. He will meet with more than 500 workers, guests, and leaders at the plant, and then address the nation about the economy.
“It means a lot. It means there’s a belief; there’s a confidence in ArcelorMittal Cleveland, where about 1,850 working here and it really sends a good message to them and the community about what’s going on down here,” said Eric Hauge, General Manager for ArcelorMittal.
In October, ArcelorMittal celebrated 100 years of steel-making in Cleveland. In keeping up with the momentum of success, the company is emerging as a global center of excellence for the production of advanced high-strength steels, which are critical to future automotive fuel efficiency.
The company’s general manager said it’s very rewarding to host President Obama at a site which symbolizes the strength of American manufacturing.
“Clearly since 2009 we think manufacturing has improved in the state of Ohio, really driven by automotive and certainly the steel mills in Ohio have been to that growth also,” said Hauge.
President Obama is expected to take a tour of the plant, before talking about the health of the economy, just weeks after the government shutdown which the White House said caused unnecessary damage to the economy.
“I think he’s doing a great job and I hope he continues to help manufacturing, and pass a little bit better legislation about infrastructure what more needs to be done in this country, certainly would help the steel industry out quite a bit,” said Mark Granakis, President of Steelworkers Local Union 979.
The Local Steelworks Union plans to thank the president for helping out the auto industry, during a time when they were greatly affected by the economy crash. They will be presenting him with a jacket, which highlights the union’s 10-year anniversary.