With 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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