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Youngstown mentioned as Obama asks Congress for boost in manufacturing

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- Youngstown received a mention in the President's state of the union address Tuesday night.

While talking about new manufacturing jobs in the U.S., President Obama said his administration created the first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown.

The business is called the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, but Obama didn't call it by name.

The president only mentioned it as a once-shuttered warehouse that is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing process.

Obama is launching three manufacturing hubs and is asking Congress to create 15 more that can create locations with partnerships between the private sector and the federal government to create high-tech jobs.

The proposal is a central element of Obama's plan to spur manufacturing, which has been a bright spot in the U.S. economy. Manufacturing expanded at a much faster pace in January compared with December.

Obama said the government could help accelerate that trend.

He specifically cited companies that are creating jobs in the U.S. that had been overseas, including Caterpillar, Ford, Intel and Apple.

He called for continued spending on science and innovation.

Elements of this article were derived from The Associated Press. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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