Braley added that he would like to establish a national manufacturing strategy. He believes this would help America compete better with Europe, the Pacific rim and China. Improved educational opportunities would also help.
Regarding health care, Braley was impressed with what Vermeer is doing. He said many of the things being done were ideas that arose during discussions to improve America's health care system, given the costs of paying for chronic illnesses.
"Employers like Vermeer, who adopt wellness programs...you can actually track the improvements in the health care, and the health of their employees," Braley said. "All of those things will help reduce the amount we spend on health care in this country, but will also help the bottom line of companies like Vermeer."