This Week in America’s Business

By September 7, 2007General

Americas Business with Mike HambrickInfrastructure, trade, China and the priorities of smaller manufacturers: They’re key issues affecting the U.S. economy and the heart of this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick.” And …manufacturing in Kentucky!

Bill Graves, CEO and President of the American Trucking Associations, details how the country’s deteriorating roads and bridges hit the trucking industry and U.S. competitiveness.

Mary Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella, Iowa, joins Mike to discuss the top concerns for small- and medium-manufacturers, identified during a recent NAM survey. Health care, the difficulty in hiring skilled employees, and competition from China rank high.

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab takes on the issue of China trade, while Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) discusses the free trade agreements pending in Congress. Bill Hawkins, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the U.S. Business and Industry Council, examines the risks involved with China’s holding of U.S. debt. And on “The Soapbox” is Chuck Lein of Stuller Inc., the Louisiana jewelry-manufacturer, speaking out on the U.S. trade imbalance.

We also hear from Andrew Meko, the outgoing president of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, talking about business in the Bluegrass State and the state of U.S. manufacturing.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership spotlights the winners and losers in tort reform; the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was,” and NAM President John Engler closes with “The Last Word.”

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