October 6, 2011, CNBC.com, By: Jennifer Leigh Parker, Writer The recession forced many US companies to get lean. Will they be ready to meet demand when the global economy picks up again? Maybe not, said Jim Bouchard, Chairman & CEO steelmaking company Esmark, on a panel discussion of mid-sized business leaders. “If the consumer market takes off here, we’ll have a huge shortage of [staff]. We’re scrapping 14 million cars a year and we're only producing 13.5 million. China, where consumer markets are very strong, is already ahead of us. When it swings it will swing fast. We’re not ready,” warns Bouchard, whose...