DuPont was one of just over a dozen companies in the spotlight at U.S. President Obama’s recent news conference about the importance of job creation in the United States.
DuPont was highlighted for its recent expansion of the Kevlar® brand fiber plant at Cooper River, near Charleston, S.C., that created more than 500 construction and 135 full-time jobs. A White House press release for the event last Wednesday also noted DuPont’s creation of more than 70 jobs for the expansion of its photovoltaic film production facility in Circleville, Ohio, and its creation of more than 500 jobs for expanded agricultural research in Iowa, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
“I think there are two things at the core of what President Obama, Vice President Biden and members of his cabinet heard last week, and they are to drive job creation in the U.S. and the lasting growth we need to focus on science and education,” said Executive Vice President Mark Vergnano, who represented DuPont at the White House news conference. “I shared with the Administration our interests in intellectual property protection, federal funding in basic research and a need for an educational system that ensures American competitiveness.”
President Obama highlighted 14 companies at the news conference. In addition to DuPont were Ford, Otis Elevator Company, Intel, Siemens, ThyssenKrup, Rolls Royce, Master Lock, Lincolnton Furniture, GalaxE Solutions, AGS, KEEN, Chesapeake Bay Candle and NOVO 1.
The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.5% in December, translating to 13.1 million unemployed Americans, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.