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Invacare employees to President Obama: Please c’mon by

Employees of home health care equipment maker Invacare Corp. are using YouTube videos to woo President Obama to visit their company during his White House to Main Street Tour through Lorain County on Jan. 22.

ELYRIA, Ohio — Employees of home health care equipment maker Invacare Corp. are using YouTube videos to woo President Obama to visit their company during his White House to Main Street Tour through Lorain County on Jan. 22.

Obama and his staff  will visit several Northeast Ohio businesses on the second stop of his tour, which originated in Allentown, Pa., in December, to get ideas for spurring growth in the economy and creating new jobs. Invacare employees hope their videos will persuade the president to make their company part of his tour.

“Invacare is ready to answer Obama’s appeal for ideas on economic growth,” said Daniel Lee, vice president of marketing for Invacare HomeCare division, in a press release. “Invacare is one of the only companies in the area that has been hiring through this difficult economic climate and we operate the largest complex wheelchair manufacturing plant in the world right here in Lorain County, making chairs like the one used by [the late actor] Christopher Reeve. We’re hoping to use the Internet to spread this message to the president himself.”

Invacare was hiring, that is. Last week, the company told the Securities and Exchange Commission that it had frozen hiring, among other actions, to save some of the $12 million to $14 million it expects to pay next year for a proposed tax on medical device sales. The tax is part of both House and Senate health care reform bills, which now are being reconciled.

It’s not the first time citizens used social media to appeal to the president to change his plans. Last week, fans of ABC’s Lost: The Final Season used a YouTube campaign to persuade the Obama administration to reschedule the president’s State of the Union address, Invacare said. The address would have bumped the three-hour season premiere of Lost. Now, the address — not the television drama — is being rescheduled.