Mr Roy Berlin, the owner of Hammond steel processor and service center Berlin Metals LLC, said his customers are expecting higher sales as a result of increased activity and orders.
Although 30% of his company's capacity is offline, Mr Roy Berlin said the company added a third shift on one of the production lines in October. Also, he said his customers representing various industries are expecting steady or slightly higher sales in 2011 compared to 2010.
Mr Berlin said that the federal government has been slow to tackle problems with trade imbalances, and manufacturing jobs help provide a tax base for municipalities and incomes to buy goods. But he said the big question remains: How does the United States remain competitive with China and other countries in manufacturing?
He said that "We're spending our money on things that aren't made in this country. I think that's a problem."