'Mending Manufacturing' Author Peggy Smedley to Tackle Challenges Facing Manufacturers During PEI Annual Meeting

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Peggy Smedley, author of “Mending Manufacturing: How America Can Manufacture Its Survival,” will discuss the challenges facing the U.S. manufacturing industry and the outlook for the industry’s future on Oct. 27 in San Antonio.

Peggy Smedley, author of “Mending Manufacturing: How America Can Manufacture Its Survival,” will discuss the challenges facing the U.S. manufacturing industry and the outlook for the industry’s future on Oct. 27 in San Antonio.

Smedley is a guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Smedley’s speech will address the current state of the manufacturing sector, the impact China is having on the U.S. economy, what politicians can do to help, and the challenges and opportunities U.S. manufacturers will face in the near future.

“Foreign competition and domestic concerns, such as soaring health care costs and increasing governmental regulation, have a huge impact on U.S. manufacturers,” Smedley said. “Consumers, policymakers and manufacturers need to form a united front to tackle these challenges and re-establish the dominance of American manufacturing.”

Smedley is an award-winning author and publisher with two decades of experience covering the manufacturing industry. Smedley is the publisher and editorial director for “Start,” a trade magazine that serves 85,000 manufacturing executives. Her book, “Mending Manufacturing,” shows how the United States is facing a manufacturing emergency that threatens the nation’s security and will limit the job choices for younger generations of Americans.

Smedley recently hosted her own event in conjunction with Start called the Manufacturing and Economic Recovery Conference. The event, held at the end of September in Chicago, brought together manufacturers, service providers, and policymakers to join together to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector and the economy as a whole. At the conference, Smedley and Start’s Editor John Buell presented STERN Pinball Inc., Organic Valley Family of Farms, and Pfizer Inc. with Start’s 2005 Manufacturer of the Year Awards.

About Peggy Smedley

Peggy Smedley is the author of “Mending Manufacturing: How America Can Manufacture Its Survival.” She is an award-winning editorial director, author and president of Specialty Publishing Co., which publishes “Start” magazine, a trade magazine serving 85,000 manufacturing executives. (http://www.specialtypub.com)

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