“Who is Stephanie Harkness?”, you ask. Well, folks in the know instantly recognize her as CEO of Pacific Plastics, a small manufacturer in Soquel, California and member of the NAM board. However, she added another feather in her cap this week when she received a Presidential appointment to the prestigious Advisory Committee on Trade Promotion and Negotiation, for a two-year term. ACTPN, as it is known, also boasts some other luminaries like NAM President John Engler and incoming NAM Chairman Jim Berges. It advises the President’s US Trade Representative on matters of trade. When it comes to trade, manufacturers are at the forefront. While agriculture exports some $60b per year, manufacturers export $60b per month!
Here’s a story from the Santa Cruz Sentinel about Pacific Plastics. They, like so many other small manufacturers, are integral parts of the world trading system and have even expanded to build a plant in Bangalore. Guess what? It makes for more jobs in Soquel. Just don’t tell Lou Dobbs. It’ll ruin his whole day, shake his core beliefs. Stephanie is bullish on trade like most manufacturers big and small, are in the game in a big way because we are the best manufacturers in the world.
Congratulations, Stephanie for continuing to do great things and making all manufacturers proud of you!
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