This Week on America’s Business

By March 2, 2007General

Americas Business with Mike HambrickA major announcement in manufacturing came from Tupelo this week when Toyota announced a new, $1.3 billion automotive plant in Mississippi. “America’s Business” reports comments of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Senator Trent Lott, and from a simultaneous news conference in Washington, D.C., James (Jim) Press, president of Toyota Motor North America, and NAM’s president, John Engler.

In February, the U.S. government filed a WTO case against China for its use of market-distorting subsidies, a formal action the NAM strongly supports. Host Mike Hambrick of “America’s Business” explores the case with Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia, and Wes Smith, president of E & E Manufacturing in Plymouth, Mich., a metals fabrication company harmed by China’s trade practices.

The focus on trade turns to the Western Hemisphere as Mike interviews Mary Anastasia O’Grady, the Wall Street Journal’s Latin American expert, on the anniversary of the Central Free Trade Agreement.

Also this week we hear about “Business Champions,” a program created by the Manufacturing Institute and Center for Workforce Success to encourage business support for America’s community colleges. One of these champions is Erick Ajax of EJ Ajax & Sons, Inc., of Fridley, Minn., who talks about his approach toward workforce development.

Bob Samuelson of the Washington Post and Newsweek discusses the far-reaching economic consequences of responding to global warming. Renee Giachino of The American Justice Partnership fights for tort reform. From “The Factory Floor” of Plastinetics in Towaco, N.J., we hear from CEO and President Ed Batta; and the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was.” NAM President Engler closes with “The Last Word,” saluting the “Business Champions.”

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