American Seating Company
801 Broadway Ave NW
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On Wednesday morning, January 31, Vice President Joe Biden visited Grand Rapids for the second time in less than six months. He gave a roughly 45-minute talk at the American Seating Company on the city's northwest side. Biden praised the manufacturing company, which he said, "did not budge on outsourcing."
Indeed, the company still has 125 union employees who work in the local plant, according to plant manager John Burns. Much of their current manufacturing goes to make seats being used for mass transit such as buses and trains.
The bulk of Biden's speech was devoted to sharing positive statistics and touting the success of the Obama administration's work in bringing jobs back here. "Your kids will hear just as much about insourcing as our generation heard about outsourcing," Biden said. "By 2015 there will be no advantage [for companies] to be in China," he promised.
Currently Biden said that the Obama administration is focused on "leveling the playing field." The Vice President said that they are launching initiatives to couple community colleges with manufacturing companies to provide training for the next generation of workers.
"62% of jobs in the next ten years will need something beyond a high school education," Biden said.
Video provided by Scott Warren.
[For those interested in seeing more, a longer portion of Biden's speech can be seen here.]
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