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Sterling Technologies: A small business optimistic under President Trump

Jan 20, 2017
We're following the county of Erie, Pennsylvania, and the people relying on President Trump's promises. Today, a factory banking on those promises.
Factory workers at Erie's Sterling Technologies in 2017.
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What these small business owners need from Trump

Jan 19, 2017
Meet entrepreneurs with high hopes for the incoming administration.
Sondralee Orengia, owner of Custom Audio, sells home and car audio systems.
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Erie's population bolstered by immigrants

Jan 19, 2017
But there are fears about what Donald Trump's policies could mean for new arrivals.
Bassam Dabbah is one of Erie's residents who immigrated from Jordan. Dabbah is now a proud American citizen.
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How does a manufacturing town remake itself for a new economy?

Jan 19, 2017
One union leader said he's not moved by Trump's promises to bring jobs like his back to Erie — workers are retraining instead.
A retired factory in Erie County, PA.
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If manufacturing jobs can't come back, what happens next?

Jan 19, 2017
We talk to Penn State economist Kenneth Louie about the future of a manufacturing county that flipped for Trump.
A factory in Erie County, PA. 
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Union City: a town waiting on Trump's promises

Jan 18, 2017
Voters in this small Pennsylvania community have hope, but need jobs.
Union City, Pennsylvania, once the "chair capital of the world," now searches for a new identity.
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A visit to Erie's Polish Falcons

The Pennsylvania county represents the economic dissatisfaction that voters felt during the election.
Erie, Pennsylvania was built on manufacturing, and its county went Republican in the 2016 presidential election after voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. We dropped in on the Polish Falcons Social Club, Nest 610, to chat with some voters about how their economies are going.
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A Job in Manufacturing through a Kodak Lens

Oct 28, 2016
Kodak was once known as a titan of the manufacturing industry. A retired employee looks back.
Kodak black and white film is offered for sale at Central Camera in Chicago, Illinois. Kodak, which once had a 90 percent market share of U.S. film sales filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

 
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Five of your immigration questions, answered

Oct 26, 2016
We got a lot of questions while reporting on migrant labor from a hops field in Washington.
A naturalization ceremony in Washington.
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