This Week on America’s Business

By November 9, 2007America's Business

Americas Business with Mike HambrickWith America observing Veterans Day this weekend, “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” will spotlight two veterans in manufacturing and do a little flag waving.

Veterans Scott Farrar and Blaine Williams will talk about transitioning from the armed forces to manufacturing jobs at Quality Float Works Inc., an Illinois flotation product maker.

Chances are if you see a flag waving this weekend it was made by J.C. Schultz Enterprises Inc. in Illinois. Company owner Janice Christiansen joined Mike to talk about the pride her workers get from making the Old Red, White and Blue.

Last summer’s Minnesota bridge collapse put more attention on the nation’s ailing infrastructure. NAM formed the Alliance for Improving America’s Infrastructure to highlight the need to modernize the nation’s roads, rails, ports and airports. Former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, the coalition’s honorary chairman, will talk to Mike about national infrastructure needs and alliance goals.

On the always hot issue of China trade, Mike will be joined by Colin Wu, president and chief executive officer of the American Merchandise Center in China. Wu’s 120,000-square feet center gives small and medium U.S. manufacturers a place to sell products in China’s go-go market.

Closer to home, Brett Vassey, president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Manufacturers Association will talk about Virginia’s Dream It. Do It. campaign launch. Developed by NAM and its research, education and workforce arm, The Manufacturing Institute, Dream It. Do It. attracts young people to manufacturing careers by building regional alliances.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership gives us the heroes and villains of the tort reform battles and the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.”

And Gov. Engler will give us the last word when he talks about the need for a comprehensive national energy strategy.

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