This Week on America’s Business

By December 22, 2006General

Americas Business with Mike HambrickWith Christmas upon us, America’s Business takes a holiday hiatus this week, reprising one the fall’s best broadcasts. Host Mike Hambrick highlights the NAM’s cost study released in September, which demonstrates that manufacturers in the United States face a 31.7 percent structural cost disadvantage compared to our major global competitors. The cause? Misguided government policies on taxes, energy, legal reforms, benefit mandates and regulation.

Mike’s regular discussion with Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership focuses on major cases considered by U.S. Supreme Court and outrageous lawsuits from around the country.

America’s Business follows up with a profile of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s program to certify manufacturing production workers.

Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana joins the program to talk about government efficiency and economic development, efforts that are bringing thousands of new jobs to the state.

And our regular segments feature “Soap Box” and “Factory Floor” — a first-person report from Sandra Westlund-Deenihan, president of Quality Float Works, Inc., of Schaumburg, Illinois. The NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was,” noting the contributions of GM engineer Charles Kettering, who invented the electrical ignition system for automobiles.

NAM President John Engler closes with a brand-new “Last Word” commentary, a holiday message that reminds listeners that manufacturers are community and charitable leaders in the best spirit of the season.

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  • Rick Duimstra says:

    We, too, are experiencing a skilled production worker shortage in the state of South Dakota.

    In Yankton, SD a group of manufacturers has formed a not-for-profit technical school called the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC).

    RTEC is ‘manned’ by mostly volunteers. Area manufacturers use RTEC to upgrade their worker’s skills. Local high schools are using the center for industrial training.

    RTEC has been funded by mostly by local manufacturers donation time, talent, money, and machine tools. Mike Rounds, the governor of SD, donated $50,000in start-up funds. Alcoa recently gave $60,000 from their foundation for technical skills traing for high school students. The rest of the resources has all been donated.

    Please contact Tom Bohnet, president and owner of Applied Engineering (a NAM member) in Yankton for additional information on RTEC.
    P: 605-665-4425 x131

    Anything you could do to help us achieve greater momentum with RTEC would be appreciated!

    This is truely a grass roots effort!!