PMA on Capitol Hill: Members Receive Preprimary Attention

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Ohio’s faltering manufacturing base received a great deal of attention from the press in the run-up to the Ohio primary on March 4. Members of the press turned to PMA to put them in touch with Ohio-based manufacturing companies.

On February 27, a reporter and cameraman from CBS Evening News with Katie Couric visited Interlake Stamping, Willoughby, OH (see photo). The reporter interviewed four employees, asking about their feelings toward the candidates. While the newscast, which ran election night, didn’t use footage from the interviews, it did use several background clips of Interlake’s machines and employees.

On February 28, BusinessWeek published an article describing how business owners are responding to the promises and rhetoric of the candidates. The article included input from PMA’s Government Relations Chairman Jim McGregor, of Morgal Machine Tool Co., Springfield, OH.

“There’s a lot of ‘feel-good’ stuff being said,” said McGregor, “but there’s no comprehension on their (candidates’) part that if an employer can’t get a return on investment, he can’t do the things he needs to do to survive.”

On February 29, Judy Woodruff of PBS visited Talan Products, Cleveland, OH, to report for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Interviews with Talan employees, who expressed concern over the impact of trade agreements, aired on Monday, March 3.

Also on March 3, The Cleveland Plain Dealer printed an article that focused on the Democratic candidates’ comments regarding NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement). The article quoted PMA President Bill Gaskin.


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