Obama: Wis. plant symbolizes clean-energy future
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) - President Barack Obama says a Milwaukee-area battery plant represents the country's future in renewable energy.
Obama visited ZBB Energy Corp. in Menomonee Falls on Monday morning. The company makes batteries and fuel cells that get used in renewable-energy products.
He told workers he's glad to see clean-energy manufacturing jobs here in the U.S. instead of overseas. He says he wants cars of the future to have engines and batteries all stamped, "Made in the United States."
Obama spoke for about 15 minutes before a supportive crowd of about 50 ZBB workers and their families.
He struck an optimistic tone, saying the economic is growing again. He says when the chips are down, it's a mistake to bet against American industry.
Wis. factory hosting Obama got $1.3M federal loan
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) - President Barack Obama's latest Wisconsin visit includes a stop at ZBB Energy Corp. in Menomonee Falls.
The company makes batteries and "intelligent" power systems that are designed for renewable-energy and other projects.
ZBB had received a $1.3 million federal stimulus loan. The company is using the money for a factory renovation that officials say will triple its manufacturing capacity.
The company has about 30 full-time employees. It says the project will enable it to keep nearly a dozen workers on the job, and it hopes to hire about 80 new workers over time.
Obama's was visiting ZBB on Monday morning and talking to employees. His visit is open to the media and ZBB workers but not the general public.
Wis. Republicans say Obama's visit won't help Dems
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) - The Republican Party of Wisconsin says President Barack Obama's visit to Wisconsin won't do much to help Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's gubernatorial campaign.
Party chairman Reince Priebus says Obama's policies aren't popular here, and his presence will only hurt local Democrats.
Priebus comments came Monday morning, about 30 minutes before Obama was to visit a Menomonee Falls battery plant.
Priebus used the example of an $810 million high-speed train that will be built between Madison and Milwaukee. He says the project being financed by the federal stimulus is an example of the kind of irresponsible spending that Wisconsinites are sick of.
State Democrats counter that Obama has been working hard to restore jobs that were lost because of Republicans' lack of fiscal responsibility.
Obama to make 4th Wis. appearance since election
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) - President Barack Obama is set to make his fourth visit to Wisconsin as president.
Obama plans to tour ZBB Energy Corp. in Menomonee Falls on Monday morning. The company makes batteries and fuel cells that get used in renewable-energy products.
Obama is scheduled to address workers there in the morning. The event is open to the media but not the general public.
The president then heads to Milwaukee to headline a $250-per-plate fundraiser. The luncheon is for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and its candidate for governor, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
A group called Peace Action Wisconsin plans to protest outside the luncheon. It says the government is spending too much money on war, and it wants some of that money reallocated toward jobs and education.