We launch into 2017 with many questions regarding how the new administration will impact manufacturing. I am not typically a reactionary type, but more of wait and see personality when it comes to business decisions. As such, I trust that meaningful discussions will take place between the U.S. manufacturing community and the administration, and that intelligent decisions will be made. I take faith in quotes such as this from Bill Ford.
"Look, he's (President Trump), a businessman. We're not going to make dumb decisions. We can't. He wouldn't expect us to, frankly."
As Trump meets with Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler CEOs this morning, I feel confident that good dialog will occur and that strong relationships will be forged that will benefit manufacturing in this country. There may be disagreements on how to get there, but I believe differing viewpoints often result in new, and sometimes better, ideas.
I am one who appreciates intelligently presented perspectives, as I certainly don't know all the answers. As such, I am sharing this recent article by Crain's Detroit Business Dustin Walsh.
I look forward to hearing positive outcomes from today's meeting.