Plastics exec featured at Obama's State of the Union address

By Gayle S. Putrich
Staff Reporter

Published: January 28, 2014 11:02 pm ET
Updated: January 28, 2014 11:05 pm ET

Image By: White House photo Andra Rush

Related to this story

Topics Public Policy, Automotive, Injection Molding

WASHINGTON – The plastics industry was represented in the House gallery at President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight – right in the First Lady’s box. Andra Rush, founder and CEO of Detroit Manufacturing Systems, was a guest of Michelle Obama’s.

In his speech, President Obama singled out Rush in his call to Congress to do more to “speed up growth and create more jobs” by pushing programs that emphasize training and re-training workers for jobs U.S. employers actually need and connecting companies with vocational schools and community colleges to design training programs to fill specific needs.

“[Rush] knew that Ford needed parts for the best-selling truck in America, and she knew how to make them. She just needed the workforce. So she dialed up what we call an American Job Center – places where folks can walk in to get the help or training they need to find a new job, or better job. She was flooded with new workers. And today, Detroit Manufacturing Systems has more than 700 employees,” Obama said. “What Andra and her employees experienced is how it should be for every employer – and every job seeker.”

In 2012, Rush started Detroit Manufacturing Systems Ltd., which manufactures and assembles injection molded trim pieces for automotive interiors, with Ford’s F-150 truck and Mustang line among her earliest customers. DMS grew to more than 600 employees in it first year and Rush was appointed to the U.S. Manufacturing Council, the primary private-sector manufacturing committee advising the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.


Comments

Plastics exec featured at Obama's State of the Union address

By Gayle S. Putrich
Staff Reporter

Published: January 28, 2014 11:02 pm ET
Updated: January 28, 2014 11:05 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Composite bridge maker also leading the way in installation

August 22, 2014 1:21 pm ET

Lightweight, low maintenance and strong, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge decks finally are crossing the line from specialty projects to wider...    More

Image

Making the most of complexity

August 22, 2014 1:02 pm ET

In the global market for injection molded parts, custom molders have tried a million different ways to differentiate themselves from the pack. Make...    More

Image

Investment firm specializes in emerging polymer firms in Ohio

August 21, 2014 3:20 pm ET

A plastics market veteran is working with an investment firm and a research foundation to help commercialize polymer technology in the Buckeye State.    More

Image

German injection molders Metz-Werke and Inotech to collaborate

August 21, 2014 11:47 am ET

German injection molding companies Metz-Werke GmbH & Co. KG and Inotech Kunststofftechnik GmbH have announced that they have joined forces to bring...    More

Image

Non-recyclable items gumming up the works at recycling centers

August 21, 2014 3:46 pm ET

The influx of all sorts of unacceptable items at recycling centers has gotten to the point that Charlotte, N.C.-based ReCommunity is trying to bring a...    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events