ATHENS, TN – How do U.S. manufacturers compete with low-wage China? They listen to Charles (Chuck) Poe, an auto industry veteran who won business from a Chinese competitor by undercutting the price by nearly 20% – while posting a profit. Poe, a former Detroiter, is president of Trueform Mfg. Co. Inc., a small but capable injection-molding operation he started here, southwest of Knoxville, in 1994 after working 20 years for various molding specialists in metro Detroit. Today, his ...

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