White House says Obama will visit Mich. auto plant

October 10, 2011 - 4:25 PM

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to a suburban Detroit auto plant Friday with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who's in the U.S. for a state visit expected to focus on trade.

Congress is expected to approve free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that have been pending since George W. Bush was president. The House takes them up Tuesday.

The White House said Monday that Obama and Lee will tour General Motors' Orion (OHR'-ee-un) Assembly Plant on Friday.

The plant made news last year when autoworkers agreed to a lower wage for 40 percent of the plant's 1,500 employees so GM could profitably build two new small cars.

A White House statement says the two leaders will talk about the free trade agreement.