This Week on America’s Business

By May 11, 2007Health Care

Americas Business with Mike HambrickRising health care costs consistently rank as a top concern for manufacturers in the United States, and in this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick,” Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt discusses one response, “value-driven health care.” The approach makes transparency a priority, giving consumers more information to control their own health. We also hear from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who heads the Center for Health Transformation.

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a successful federal program that helps small- and medium-sized manufacturers adopt new management and manufacturing techniques, such as “lean manufacturing.” NAM President John Engler recently spoke to the MEP’s national conference, and he’ll provide some thoughts on program’e effectiveness and funding. Also addressing the topic is Ned Hill of Cleveland State University, chairman of the MEP’s National Advisory Board.

Our series on women in manufacturing this week features Karla Aaron, president of Hialeah Metal Spinning in Hialeah, Florida. And we pay a visit to “The Factory Floor” of ECCO, the Boise-based electronic controls company, speaking with CEO Ed Zimmer. And in our regular segment, the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was.

NAM’s president, John Engler, closes with “The Last Word,” marking the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown, the birthplace of manufacturing in the future United States.

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