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Obama to announce new manufacturing hubs for Chicago and location near Detroit

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Stymied by a divided Congress, the president appealed for help from the nation's governors Monday as he seeks to advance economic policies that stand little chance of winning passage on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Stymied by a divided Congress, the president appealed for help from the nation's governors Monday as he seeks to advance economic policies that stand little chance of winning passage on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation. One centre will be in Obama's hometown of Chicago; the other will be outside Detroit.

The Canton, Michigan, institute will focus on light metal manufacturing. The one in Chicago will concentrate on high-tech digital manufacturing and design.

Obama will announce the centres Tuesday at the White House.

The two institutes fulfil a promise in Obama's 2013 State of the Union speech to create three manufacturing hubs with a federal infusion of $200 million. He announced the first one in January — an Energy Department-led project in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The institutes bring together companies, federal agencies and universities to work on technologies that can boost manufacturing.

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