Benjamin CarlsonSeptember 22, 2013 15:47
HONG KONG — An Ohio man born and raised, Doug Smith, 54, never expected to do business in China. In his 20s and 30s he had worked for Midwestern manufacturers, and had his own machine shop by the early 2000s. But then came a downturn, and he had to shut it down. In need of work, when a former client asked him to help them set up a plant in the Middle Kingdom he said yes without hesitating. “Before I came to China, I knew nothing about it,” he said. “I was just like any manufacturer and was fat, dumb and happy.” Fast forward more than a decade: He has gone from victim of America’s decline to expert helping US manufacturers profit from globalization.