More on the Manufacturing Summit

By June 6, 2007Energy, Health Care, Trade

Mid-day update of the Senate Democrats’ “Manufacturing Summit. The auto executives made the rounds of both chambers and both party leaderships before heading to the Senators’ event.

The opening statement of Alan Mulally, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company, is available at Ford’s website here. His comments focus on trade and global competition.

The Detroit Free Press publishes the opening statement of Chrysler CEO Tom Lasorda, who addresses health care, here.

And the scene-setter from The Detroit News:

Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally rove himself up to the Capitol in a new Ford Escape Hybrid and then briefly told reporters he was looking forward to a good discussion in the hopes of getting a “viable fuel economy bill.”

“We’re going to be talking about what we’re doing to improve fuel efficiency,” Mulally said.

Mulally, GM chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner and Chrysler Group CEO Tom LaSorda dodged Boy Scout troops and other tourists as they headed over to a meeting on the Senate side with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip Trent Lott, who after Toyota announced it was building a new assembly plant in Mississippi pledged to be a “warrior for Toyota.”

Having been out and about over the noon hour, we can attest to the teeming teens who have descended on Washington — youth groups, tour buses, Boy Scouts. Always good to dodge the Boy Scouts.

More seriously, the statements from the auto executives are frank and extremely informative, important explanations of their corner of the manufacturing world.

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