President Visits Alcoa Plant in Iowa
June 28, 2011
|President Obama shook hands with employees
yesterday at Alcoa's Bettendorf, Iowa, plant.
President Barack Obama visited the Alcoa
Davenport Works plant in Bettendorf, Iowa, today. The factory
is responsible for making the aluminum used in the wings of
Air Force One, both the large 747 and the smaller 757, which
the president used in todays travels.
Accompanied by Alcoa chief executive officer Klaus Kleinfield
, Malcolm Murphy, general manager of Davenport Works & Satellites,
and the president of the USW Local 105, Charles Skip
McGill, President Obama visited several different areas in the
plant and spoke to employees working there while on the tour.
In his first stop, President Obama saw a milling machine used
to make aluminum airliner wings. The milling machine uses large
cutting heads to uniformly remove metal from the surfaces. He
also saw a horizontal heat treat machine, the newest furnace
in the plants plate finishing area. The machine makes
a wide range of aerospace and industrial plate products, most
of which are processed into finished rectangles of various sizes.
Finally, he viewed a product area displaying a hood of a Ford
F-150 and tread plate toolboxes, two products that are made
with the aluminum sheets created at the plant.
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