DALTON, Ga. — Rumors of the death of American manufacturing have been greatly exaggerated, officials said Thursday at the 2011 National Manufacturing Summit.
But as industry claws its way back from a crippling recession, government policies threaten to strangle the recovery in its infancy, they argued.
During five hours of talk here Thursday, political and business leaders blasted what many called dangerous levels of regulatory interference by the federal government while praising the resilience of the American factory and its workers.
“Between 2001 and 2010, the value of our manufactured exports grew by 95 percent,” Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said. “A great country that makes nothing won’t be great for long.”
The Dalton Daily Citizen reports, “Energy, taxes dominate Dalton manufacturing summit.”
Kyle Wingfield covered the summit for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, writing, “Summit speakers take whacks at U.S. energy policies, rules,” reporting on remarks by Tom Fanning, CEO of Southern Company: