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Perhaps the area where the new administration could have the greatest impact on the supply chain is in changing the psychology within U.S. manufacturing. "I don't think the idea that 'change is possible' exists in the manufacturing sector or in business in general," says Actronix' [Tom Brunell]. "There's a tendency to throw up one's hands and either conclude right away that you're not going to buy American because you can't find a cost-competitive solution...
Supply Chain Politics The Change Supply Chain Wants On issues ranging from innovation to free trade, from security to unionization, the supply chain is looking to Washington to bring changes that will make the U.S. more competitive By Andrew K. Reese y the time this issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive lengthy – some might say interminable – election process. B finds its way into your inbox, the U.S. presidential inauguration will be mere weeks away. The swearing in ceremony for Barack Obama will mark the finale of a But it also will mark just the start of the new administration’s efforts to deal with a host of pressing challenges. With a sputtering domestic economy, festering regional conflicts and ongoing global terrorist threats, perhaps the most important question that the Obama administration must ask itself on that first day in office is, where to begin? Tom Brunell has a suggestion: Start with U.S. industry. Brunell has four decades of experience working in and around manufacturing in the United States, and today he runs the supply chain for Actronix, a Flippin, Ark.- based manufacturer specializing in custom cable assemblies and wire harnesses for high-mix, low volume products in a variety of industries. Brunell’s message for Washington: Focus policies on helping U.S. manufacturers become more competitive. “The leadership in the United States has failed to come to grips with what must be done to save our manufacturing industry,” he says. Brunell believes that where the federal government has come up with good ideas – such as the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to provide business consulting services to U.S. manufactu
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