By Ronnie Polidoro
During his third State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama laid out what he called “a blueprint” for moving America’s economy forward. An economy that is “built to last” and “built on American manufacturing.”
Bruce Cochrane standing in the top row, 2nd from left.
President Obama announced the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit to investigate “unfair trade practices in countries like China,” where many American goods are manufactured. The President said, “We will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing.” As an incentive for manufacturers to bring back jobs to America, President Obama offered to lower corporate taxes and provide tax incentives to manufacturers.
One of the manufacturers bringing jobs back to America is Bruce Cochrane of Lincolnton Furniture in North Carolina. While President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, Cochrane watched from above, sitting in the gallery as one of the President’s guests. Rock Center has been following Cochrane as he brings his family business back to the U.S. and re-opens the family furniture plant. The family hired 130 American workers.
Editor's Note: Harry Smith's full report, 'Made in America' airs Monday, Jan. 30 on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams