Today is National Manufacturing Day, and more than 1,600 U.S. manufacturers are opening their factories up to members of the public. They have a great story to tell: Our manufacturing sector is as competitive as it's been in decades for new jobs and investment.
The President is traveling to Princeton, Indiana, today, where he'll tour Millennium Steel and discuss the importance of continuing to invest in American manufacturing -- and members of his Cabinet will be doing the same thing all across the country.
We'll follow along with a couple Cabinet secretaries and officials today as they talk with American manufacturers and learn about the latest innovations in their businesses and on their factory floors.
Check back here for updates over the course of the day, or follow the hashtag #MfgDay14 on Twitter and Instagram.
– President Barack Obama, National Manufacturing Day Proclamation
Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet is in Milford, Delaware, today, visting with First State Manufacturering -- an industrial sewing company that is also the SBA's Delaware Small Business of the year.
Meanwhile, in Maryland, U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman headed over to Zentech Manufacturing, a Baltimore-based small business that assembles circuit boards.
Last year, Maryland exported $11.8 billion of Made-in-USA goods to the world, a record-breaking total that supported 55,000 jobs #MFGDAY14— Michael Froman (@MikeFroman) October 3, 2014
Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is visiting Corning Incorporated in Corning, New York, where he's taking a look at their black-carbon-removing filtration systems -- which go into heavy-duty trucks, construction equipment, and off-road vehicles.
--Secretary Ernest Moniz at Corning, Incorporated
All the while, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack heads down to SJTechs, which began as a startup supplying port cranes with sensor technologies, and now houses several small tech startup businesses.