The Bottom Line: The Business And Manufacturing Climate In The Age Of Trump

Nov 18, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

This week, Dave and Mark speak with Karl Wadensten, President of Vibco Vibrators, based in Wyoming, RI. The company manufactures industrial vibrators, used on large scale constructionand  agriculture projects. Wadensten is also a board member of the Rhode Island Commerce Corp.

Like the rest of the country, the business community is watching to see what a Donald Trump Presidency will bring. The Republican campaigned on promises to bring back manufacturing jobs lost to outsourcing and rewrite trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Dave and Mark talk with Wadensten about how his company is preparing, how fluctuations in the U.S. economy affect his company, and how he might be impacted by possible trade changes with China. The conversation also touches on the state of U.S. manufacturing, and what it would take to bring back manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. and Rhode Island.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 pm on Rhode Island Public Radio, 88.1 FM, 91.5 FM and 102.7 FM.