Outsourcing issue dogs new NAM head

Oct 14, 2005 | 05:46 AM | Maria Guzzo

The election of James G. Berges as chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has drawn mixed reviews.

Berges, president of Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis, and Charles E. Bunch, chairman and chief executive officer of PPG Industries Inc., Pittsburgh, who was elected vice chairman, will assume their new roles Jan. 1.

NAM president and former Michigan governor John Engler said he believes Berges and Bunch will do a good job. "Now more than ever we need to lead manufacturers and public policymakers in a direction that strengthens manufacturing and strengthens the U.S. economy," he said. "Jim and Chuck are leaders of tremendous energy and talent whose experience will serve NAM and the nation well."

But some manufacturing executives expressed concern about Berges, primarily because many Emerson products are made outside the United States.....

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