By John S. McClenahen Together with President-elect George W. Bush and Vice President-elect Richard B. Cheney, the top ranks of the incoming U.S. administration include eight business executives -- five of them from U.S.-based manufacturing companies. Paul H. O'Neill, the Treasury secretary-designate, has just retired as chairman of Alcoa Inc., the Pittsburgh-based aluminum producer. Donald H. Rumsfeld, the once and future Secretary of Defense, was CEO of G.D. Searle, a pharmaceutical firm. Norman Y. Mineta, currently Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration and named Secretary of Transportation by Bush, was a senior executive at Lockheed Martin Corp., a Maryland-based aerospace firm and defense contractor, between 1995 and 2000. Anthony J. Principi, Secretary-Designate for Veterans Affairs, also was a Lockheed Martin executive. And Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Bush choice to head the White House Office of Management & Budget, is a corporate vice president Eli Lilly & Co., an Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical producer. Secretary of Commerce-designate Donald L. Evans is a former Texas oil man. Vice President-elect Cheney was most recently chairman and CEO of Dallas-based Halliburton Co., an oil services firm. President-elect Bush, who holds an MBA from Harvard University, was the general managing partner of the Texas Rangers baseball organization from 1989 until 1994, president of Spectrum Corp. from 1984 until 1986, and the founder and CEO of Bush Exploration from 1975 until 1984.