Biden To Visit NC Thursday

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit a North Carolina manufacturer of energy-efficient LED lighting products.

The White House announced on Tuesday that Biden will visit Cree, Inc., in Durham on Thursday.

Cree recently received a $39 million Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The credit allows the company to buy new equipment and hire new workers.

Biden will be joined on his trip by Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Last fall, Cree announced it expected to add 275 jobs as it expands production of light-emitting diode units. The company also said it plans to add another 300 jobs by the end of 2012.

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