Setting out to sell his second-term agenda, President Obama planned to travel to an engine-parts factory here on Wednesday to promote the revival of American manufacturing, one of the core messages of his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening.
It was the first of three stops this week in which Mr. Obama, having spoken to a divided Congress, will now try to build popular support for his proposals to invest in manufacturing and education, and raising the minimum wage — an agenda that he claims will help secure the prosperity of the middle class.
In visiting a production plant owned by the Canadian auto-parts maker, Linamar, Mr. Obama hopes to showcase his goal of making the United States a magnet for manufacturing jobs. That was one of three economic pillars of his address to a joint session of Congress.
Linamar Corporation, which makes parts for heavy-duty engines, recently opened its fourth American manufacturing plant in this small town on the outskirts of Asheville, occupying a closed Volvo construction equipment factory. The plant has hired 160 workers, according to the White House, and plans to take on 40 more by the end of 2013.
In his speech on Tuesday, Mr. Obama reiterated his ideas for making the United States more attractive for manufacturing, which include eliminating tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas and offering incentives for them to build factories in the United States.