NAM President John Engler in Kansas City Today

By September 21, 2007Economy

Well, the headline isn’t really a grabber, but read on! The story in today’s Kansas City Star is a solid recounting of the top issues facing manufacturing. “U.S. manufacturing sector doing all right, says head of trade group” is based on an interview of NAM President John Engler by reporter Randolph Heaster. Engler is in the city to speak to the Manufacturing Summit, hosted by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the topic, “The Global Challenge.”

This truly is a global economy now with a substantial amount of interdependence, particularly in the supply chain,” Engler said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “To me it’s an interesting and incredible challenge to be able to manage all that.”

As an example, Engler pointed to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner wide-body jet, which is being assembled in the United States. Parts for it are delivered from a variety of countries.

“It’s changed the way we do business in this country from 20 years ago, and it’s really raised the stakes for U.S.-based employers,” he said.

Engler is also the guest on Kansas City Public Radio’s morning public affairs show, “Up To Date.” KCUR has several streaming audio options available, so if you want to listen to the interview, go to this page and chose one. The program is 11 to noon, Central Time.

And thanks to both the Star and KCUR for highlighting the manufacturing economy. The developments are indeed newsworthy and should be of high interest to local readers and listeners.

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