Identifying the key factors to U.S. manufacturing

Newell Franks asks how can a U.S.-based manufacturer thrive on a global stage.

By Joe Feeley, Editor in Chief of Control Design

Industry Week and Siemens Industry co-hosted Manufacturing in America: Capture the Competitive Advantage in Chicago recently.

One of the presenters, Newell Franks, chairman of the board and CEO of machine builder Burr Oak Tool and Oak Press Solutions, Sturgis, Mich., discussed his company's history, its current challenges and a few of its frustrations in a way that many a manufacturer could understand and appreciate. His company builds machine tools that air conditioning and refrigeration manufacturers use to make evaporator condenser coils.

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