The White House called last week, asking the Charlotte Chamber to suggest a few companies for a possible visit. The chamber dashed off a list of four or five, and by Tuesday, it was official: President Barack Obama was coming to Celgard.
The Charlotte company, which makes a critical part for lithium-ion batteries - used in everything from notebook computers to hybrid vehicles - was a natural fit, given the government's push for greener jobs and better electric cars, said Jeff Edge, the chamber's senior vice president for economic development.
Plus, it's creating jobs, an important benefit in today's broken economy.
"They're a company really on the cutting edge. We hope it brings some attention to Charlotte," Edge said.
Celgard, a division of the Charlotte-based Polypore International, develops and manufactures membrane separators that can improve and extend battery life. It employs about 390 workers at its southwest Charlotte plant, and in January, announced plans to create 300 more jobs.