President Bush will hold a private speech regarding his economic stimulus plan with Airlite Plastics Co. employees when he visits Omaha, Neb., on May 12.
The White House said Bush will not make any other stops in the area; he will focus solely on the 575-employee company that produces thin-wall food containers, insulated shipping containers and insulated concrete forms. He also will speak with area families and at least one family of an Airlite worker, said Brad Crosby, the company's president and chief executive officer.
``More than anything, we want to express, as a company, our employees have worked hard to make us successful and they're really the ones who helped us get to this point,'' he said. ``And boy, there's nothing more exciting than when the president decides to come to your company.''
The president had a desire to visit Omaha as well as a manufacturing facility, and one reason for the visit, according to Crosby, may be the plant's recently constructed expanded polystyrene facility. The 80.000-square-foot facility does shape molding and will be the venue for the speech.
Airlite's main plant of 330,000 square feet manufactures containers and lids. It houses 41 injection presses with clamping forces of 300-500 tons.
All of Bush's stops will be closed to the public and his meeting with the families will be closed to reporters.
The president is to arrive in Omaha in the afternoon and then leave for Indianapolis, where he will spend the night. The stop is part of a two-day, three-state tour by Bush as he presents his economic growth plans to the country.
Airlite began operation in 1946 making plastic fishing bobbers.