Yesterday found the blogger-in-chief in Louisville, Kentucky, visiting with and speaking to the good folks at the Manufacturers Agents National Association, the professional association for manufacturers’ reps. These folks help sell our stuff domestically and around the world. As such, we are great allies and they are part of the great brother- and sisterhood of manufacturing in this country. They were led for years by our good friend Joe Miller, who recently retired. Bryan Shirley has taken Joe’s place and is our newest friend at MANA, with whom we hope to work for many years.
Lots of interest in manufacturing, of course, took some questions about skilled workers, a growing issue in this booming economy. We talked about energy, and noted Rep. Jim Davis’ (D-FL) comment on CNBC’s “Squawkbox” this week in opposition to tapping our own resources in the Outer Continental Shelf. Debating OCS warrior Rep. John Peterson (R-PA), Davis said he feared that in looking for natural gas we might hit oil. Said one MANA attendee, “What’s so bad about striking oil…?” Good point. Only in Washington is that a bad idea.
In any event, here’s a copy of our slides from yesterday. Thanks to Bryan and to Jay Owenby and Linda McKee for their hospitality. Always good to be among members of the manufacturing family.
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