Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank
Remarks on Revitalizing American Manufacturing, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Thank you, Josef (Kerscher), and thanks to BMW for that great tour of the X3 assembly line. I’m delighted to have a chance to be in Spartanburg with your employees and business leaders from the community.
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, the president said that we must make America a magnet for manufacturing and good jobs. I believe we are poised to do that.
Manufacturing has been one of the top drivers of GDP growth since 2009. And, after a decade of losing manufacturing jobs, we’ve now added back nearly a half million jobs in these past three years.
Spartanburg is one of the reasons for that. This community has been a model for how we can reinvigorate manufacturing, drive innovation, and boost our global competitiveness.