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Issue: December 11, 2010

Act II for American Manufacturing?

Say bye-bye to the likes of River Rouge, and hello to smaller, smarter factories surrounded by industrial ecosystems that nourish innovation. But the next wave of manufacturing may require government’s helping hand.

By Bruce Stokes

Say bye-bye to the likes of River Rouge, and hello to smaller, smarter factories surrounded by industrial ecosystems that nourish innovation. But the next wave of manufacturing may require government’s helping hand.

By Bruce Stokes

From the Editors

This isn’t your grandfather’s economy. We used to make stuff; now we shuffle paper (and electrons). The American economy keeps evolving in unpredictable ways. So what is it turning into? The...

How to Succeed in Exports … By Really, Really Trying

There was no way that Mark Rice could have known that the next e-mail he opened would change his business and his life. It was 2003, and somehow the world’s largest shipbuilder (based in South...

ECONOMY

Trade Cities

It’s probably no surprise that Seattle and its surrounding cities have developed an innovative and comprehensive program to encourage local businesses to increase their exports. After all,...

Graphic

From Factories to Cubicles

Essay

White-Collar Outgo

Don’t worry about those call centers in India. The United States is hawking more white-collar services to foreigners than they’re snatching from us. For now.

Survival Guide

Hard World, Dream Jobs

A few tricks for finding work that you want in a marketplace with a mind of its own.

Q&A

Uncle Sam Inc.

The Obama administration’s pitchman is bullish on manufacturing and hopeful about exports.

In Perspective

Trump Cards

The American economy hasn’t lost its structural advantages over foreign competitors.