With President Bush in Vietnam this weekend, “America’s Business” considers the importance to U.S. manufacturers of establishing Permanent Normal Trading Relations with Vietnam. Host Mike Hambrick talks with Sandra Westlund-Deenihan of Quality Float Works in Schaumburg, Ill., providing the perspective of a small manufacturer. From a larger manufacturer, we hear from R. Scott Miller of Procter & Gamble.
Another pressing issue for the lame-duck session of Congress is passage of legislation to open the Outer Continental Shelf to energy exploration and development. Discussing the topic is Rep. John Peterson, R-Penn., chief supporter of the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act, to accomplish that goal. Jim Ruggiero, director of energy procurement for National Gypsum Co., talks about the effect of high natural gas prices on the second largest gypsum wall-board manufacturer in the country. Dave Parker, President and CEO of the American Gas Association, drives home the point about limiting the domestic supplies of natural gas.
In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership offers yet another case of the Legally Insane but perserveres with the Tort Hero of the Week award. Karen Buchwald Wright of the Ariel Corp. of Mount Vernon, Ohio, speaks from the Factory Floor and John S. Bank of Phoenix Electric Manufacturing in Chicago steps up on the Soapbox. NAM President John Engler closes with “The Last Word.”
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Scheduling note for D.C.-area listeners: The two next Saturdays on WTNT, 570 AM, “America’s Business” will run from 8 to 9 a.m. Sports pre-emptions again. So listen bright and early!
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