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.
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. 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, according to the company.
Obama told workers he’s glad to see clean-energy manufacturing jobs here in the U.S. instead of overseas. He said he wants cars of the future to have engines and batteries all stamped with “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 said when the chips are down, it’s a mistake to bet against American industry.