This Week on America’s Business

By September 14, 2007America's Business

Americas Business with Mike Hambrick“America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” interviews the Administration’s hand-picked man for manufacturing this week, considers the major costs and consequences of new ozone regulations, and finds innovation hard at work in U.S. companies.

Woody Sutton is the newly confirmed Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing. He joins Mike for a discussion of the state of the manufacturing economy and Administration policies intended to support it.

New ozone standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency could impose billions of dollars of costs on local governments, business and consumers, even before current standards are achieved. Sheri Wilburn of the Georgia Industry Association recently testified on the issue, and she’s with us to explain how maintaining the current ozone standards serves clean air AND the economy.

Highlighting American manufacturing’s innovation and creativity is Bud Wisecarver, owner of Bishop Wisecarver, a linear-motion systems manufacturer in Pittsburg, Calif. And from Wilson Tool International we hear from Chris Lawless, vice president of operations, explaining how the company’s use of “lean principles” led to it receiving the Manufacturing Alliance’s “Manufacturer of the Year” award. And in and out of the workplace, McWane Inc., of Birmingham, Alabama carries out a companywide commitment to both a clean environment and employee health and safety. We’ll hear from Jeet Rada, assistant vice president environmental. (Ask Jeet!)

In our regular segments: On “The Soapbox” this week is Peter Perez, president of Carter Products in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership hits tort reform’s winners and losers; the NAM’s Hank Cox visits “The Way it Was”; and the NAM President John Engler closes with “The Last Word.”

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