The last plant in the U.S. that can build tanks is a sad symbol of America's industrial decline. Located in Lima, Ohio, midway between Dayton and Toledo, it currently produces only one M1A2 Abrams tank per month. During the Reagan years, it turned out 60 per month. Another 60 were built each month at the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, but that site was closed during the Clinton years. So now there is only Lima, assembling a mere dozen tanks per year.
In the months since Donald Trump was elected president, no corporate executive has interacted with him more than Boeing Chairman & CEO Dennis Muilenburg. The two men clearly like each other. However, Muilenburg's access to the president isn't the result of personal chemistry. America's biggest exporter is a model for what Trump would like other U.S. manufacturers to be -- a technology leader that continuously innovates and adapts to stay ahead of its state-subsidized foreign competitors.