Here are some highlights of the manufacturing-focused portions of the speech -
First, President Obama opened his speech by recounting some successes of recent years and crediting the American people. "Here are the results of your efforts," he said. Third on the list - "A manufacturing sector that’s adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s." In addition, he said, "for the first time in over a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that China is no longer the world’s number one place to invest; America is."
"That’s why I believe this can be a breakthrough year for America," he said. "After five years of grit and determined effort, the United States is better-positioned for the 21st century than any other nation on Earth."