President Obama talks Caterpillar in State of the Union address

By Denise Jackson

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- During his state of the union address Tuesday night, President Obama called out several companies for their efforts to bring jobs back to the United States.

The president applauded Caterpillar for moving jobs to the U.S. from Japan. More than a year ago Caterpillar announced plans to shift production from Japan to a new plant near Athens, Georgia.

Caterpillar is no stranger to Mr. Obama, he visited the East Peoria plant during his first term as President in February 2009.

Caterpillar Spokesman Jim Dugan says the company looks forward to working with the Obama administration on free trade policy.

"We stand ready, willing and able to work with the administration and Congress on efforts that might improve and strengthen manufacturing and strengthen the competitiveness of American Companies," Dugan said.

Dugan said last year, Caterpillar exported a record $23 billion in products from the United States.

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