This Week on America’s Business

By June 1, 2007General

Americas Business with Mike HambrickJohn Ratzenberger’s “Made in America” is a TV tribute to the men and women who make manufacturing great, and on this week’s “America’s Business,” host Mike Hambrick discusses the “skills gap” with John, AKA Cliff from “Cheers.” Ratzenberger’s Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation is joining with the Fabricators and Manufacturers Foundation to sponsor 20 manufacturing camps for young people this summer. Terrance Eagan, director of the FMA Foundation, is also on hand to talk about the camps and the future of American manufacturing.

Out-of-control litigation and a broken legal climate cost Americans the equivalent of almost $10,000 for every family of four, a study by the Pacific Research Institute has determined. Here to describe his findings from “Jackpot Justice: The True Cost of America’s Tort System” is the study’s author, Lawrence J. McQuillan, PRI’s Director of Business and Economic Studies. Renee Giachino of The American Justice Partnership adds the AJP’s latest news and views on tort reform.

America’s aging infrastructure is a major factor in manufacturing’s ability to compete. John Horsley, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, highlights a new report that lays out the full scope of the problem.

Dan Neumann, associate editor of Inside U.S. Trade, covers the recent U.S. complaint to the World Trade Organization about China’s failure to protect intellectual property rights.

Continuing our “Women in Manufacturing” series, Mike talks with Mary Andringa, President and CEO of Vermeer Manufacturing, an equipment manufacturer in Pella, Iowa. And in our regular segments, from “The Factory Floor” comes Bill Beyer of Amerex; the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was”; and NAM President John Engler closes with “The Last Word.”

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