This Week on America’s Business

By July 27, 2007General

Americas Business with Mike Hambrick“America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” examines a full range of manufacturing-related issues this week, ranging from workforce needs to ground-level ozone, from health care to electronic ID. Manufacturing is a busy and complex world, after all.

Manufacturers are leading the way in promoting technical and vocational education, helping young people gain essential workplace skills. A leader in the effort — and the Manufacturing Institute’s “Dream It! Do It!” campaign — is Joseph Loughrey, president & CEO of Cummins Engine. Joe joins host Mike Hambrick to discuss southeastern Indiana’s “Dream It! Do It!” initiative, a grassroots effort uniting business, government and education on behalf of skills and manufacturing careers.

The Environment Protection Agency has issued proposed rules to restrict ground-level ozone, worrying manufacturers and local officials about billions of dollars in new compliance costs for uncertain health benefits. Detailing the real-world impact of the EPA’s proposal is Mayor George Grace of St. Gabriel, Louisiana, and Joseph C. Stanko, Jr., an emissions-policy expert with Hunton & Williams.

Radio Frequency Identification Technology, or RFID, is making great strides in the manufacturing world, especially supply chain and inventory, and the technology’s potential seems enormous. Joining Mike to review RFID’s use and national security-related issues are Tres Wiley of Texas Instruments and Milan Turk, director of customer E-business for Procter & Gamble.

Employees’ chronic health conditions can hit employers hard with increased health-care costs, but there are positive steps business can take to help manage those conditions. You can learn how at a joint summit on intergrated care in Las Vegas sponsored by the NAM and the Disease Management Association of America. Here to discuss the program are Tracey Moorhead, DMAA’s President and CEO, and the NAM’s Jeri Gillespie.

Our “Women in Business” series brings us Christina P. Mullen, manager, technical & regulatory, Toyota North America. Speaking from “The Factory Floor” in Minneapolis is Harold Hamilton, founder of Micro Control Company.

Our regular segments feature Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership, making the case for tort reform; the NAM’s Hank Cox taking us back to “The Way Things Were”; and NAM President John Engler closing with his “The Last Word” commentary.

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