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Gray Manufacturing Projects Highlighted in Obama's State of the Union Address

President Obama mentioned 2 repeat Gray manufacturing customers, Caterpillar Inc and Siemens, in his 2013 State of the Union Address.


During President Obama’s State of the Union address delivered February 12, 2013 in Washington, D.C., President Obama mentioned 2 repeat Gray manufacturing customers, Caterpillar Inc and Siemens.


Speaking about the need to create new jobs, the President stated, “Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing. After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.”


Gray is proud to have designed and built two manufacturing facilities for Caterpillar; a $426 million, 850,000 s.f. axle manufacturing plant in Winston-Salem, and a $200 million, 826,300 s.f. small track-type tractors and mini hydraulic excavators facility in Athens, GA that is nearing completion. 


While discussing America’s energy future, President Obama remarked “The CEO of Siemens America – a company that brought hundreds of new jobs to North Carolina – has said that if we upgrade our infrastructure, they’ll bring even more jobs. And I know that you want these job-creating projects in your districts. I’ve seen you all at the ribbon-cuttings.” The project to which he was referring to is the Gray-built, 489,905 s.f. gas turbine manufacturing plant and office complex on the campus of Siemens’ existing steam turbine and generator service center in Charlotte, N.C. This was the largest project for Siemens worldwide during construction and the largest project in Charlotte in 30 years. This particular Gray project has been mentioned in two consecutive State of the Union addresses further illustrating the emergence of advanced manufacturing in the US.


Gray provides design-build services to many other manufacturing companies throughout the US. Other recent Gray projects that are playing a role in helping put Americans back to work include: Austal, Mobile, Ala.; BMW Manufacturing Co., Greer, SC ; CJ Bio America, Fort Dodge, Iowa; Clarks Companies, N.A., Hanover, Pa.; Michelin North America, Inc., Anderson, SC; Whirlpool Corporation, Cleveland, Tenn.


If you have manufacturing plant construction needs, please contact Phil Seale, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Market at


    February 13, 2013

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