Small Apex business focus of Obama visit

WestStar Precision seats for aircraft

September 13, 2011 6:41:28 PM PDT
There are no signs on the exterior of WestStar Precision announcing what it is to a casual passerby, but everyone will know what it is after Wednesday.

President Obama plans to visit the small Apex business as he campaigns to get Congress to pass his American Jobs Act.

The White House says WestStar is the type of small business that would benefit from the proposal. The aerospace manufacturing company makes components for companies like Boeing, Airbus, and Gulfstream.

The company's owner, Erv Portman, also happens to be Wake County's newest Democratic commissioner. He didn't want to talk about the politics of the president's visit Tuesday, but says he's thrilled about the fact he's coming.

"We're excited. We're thrilled, and we really don't want to get into the debate, who's right, who's wrong. The president of our country, of all of our country, is coming here and we're excited, and we're going to be good hosts," Portman said.

Porman said his company currently employs about 25 and is looking to grow.

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