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Published: Thursday, 8/11/2011

Obama visits Holland-based advanced battery company

President promotes job value of green energy

President Barack Obama speaks at Johnson Controls Inc. in Holland, Mich. President Barack Obama speaks at Johnson Controls Inc. in Holland, Mich.

HOLLAND, Mich.  — President Barack Obama has used a visit to an advanced battery plant in southwestern Michigan to promote his program to create jobs through clean energy.

Obama toured a Johnson Controls Inc. plant in Holland on Thursday. It makes batteries for alternative-fuel vehicles such as hybrid or electric cars and trucks.

Michigan’s unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in June, and Obama has promoted the job-creation benefits of spending money on producing such clean-energy technologies as advanced batteries.

Some Boy Scouts were on hand, including 17-year-old Armaan Dandavati of Holland. He says the plant is “an investment in the future.”

The plant has received a $300 million federal grant and expects to create 150 jobs at facilities in Michigan and Wisconsin.

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