We visited the Chinese manufacturing site for TPI Composites, a wind company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 40 meter blades are part of turbines that are rated at 1.5 MW. A picture of me next to the stem provides some sense of the size. The process to manufacture seems far more labor intensive than producing…Read More
People always figure out how to get around rules. The authorities in Shanghai put severe restrictions on the purchase of cats and dogs. But the demand for pets does not abate.The solution?An unregulated, thriving industry in pet chicks.
I found it jarring when I visited the famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai (pictures of dignitaries such as Bill Clinton and Nancy Reagan adorn the wall) that there are jade religious symbols in the form of reverse swastikas.Let’s just say these formations are not hot selling trinkets for tourists.
In the autumn in Shanghai the delicacy “hairy crabs” is readily consumed by the locals. Some have said that there is a need for American-trained managers and marketing experts. I do not know about the need for expat managers, but a more appealing description of some of the culinary delights would be appreciated. Another popular…Read More
Offended by the $5 cost for a tall Starbucks coffee I decided to go local and visit a famous tea house in Old Town Shanghai. On my limited budget I passed on the $25 tea and ordered the cheapest item on the menu: a $10 glass pot of jasmine tea. Far more of an experience…Read More
Yesterday, CEO Glenn Hamer sent the letter below to Arizona’s Congressional Delegation, urging them to support the pending free trade agreements for Colombia, Panama and South Korea: I am writing to urge you to make trade expansion a part of America’s economic recovery by approving the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.…Read More
There’s a feeling among some in the state Legislature that putting the wheels in motion to establish a health care exchange, as called for by the Affordable Care Act, is somehow tantamount to endorsing the federal health care plan. But as this Wall Street Journal editorial makes clear, “A posture of indifference is tempting, but…Read More
Today is a great day for the First Amendment. On a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the matching funds portion of Arizona’s publicly funded elections scheme. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Arizona’s matching funds scheme substantially burdens political speech and is not sufficiently justified by…Read More
In a post on the National Association of Manufacturers’ Shopfloor blog, NAM VP for Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger writes that the National Labor Relations Board has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to shorten the time for union certification elections. Says Trauger, “These so-called snap elections are the latest attempt by the NLRB to…Read More
I wanted to share with you this Made in Arizona column by the past chair of the Arizona Manufacturers Council and the next chair of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mark Dobbins. Mark looks at the National Labor Relations Board’s outrageous lawsuit against Arizona for our state’s law guaranteeing a secret ballot in…Read More