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How Levi Strauss & Co. is using lasers to make jeans

by Kai Ryssdal and Josie Fan Mar 7, 2018
Automation touches many consumer products — the cars we drive, the sneakers we put on and now the jeans we wear.  Levi Strauss & Co. is planning to swap out garment workers for laser machines that could create the worn…

General Electric built this town, but its presence is shrinking

by Erika Beras Jan 19, 2018
The company plans to leave the locomotive manufacturing industry in a few years.
Jim Connelly, a former GE engineer, hopes to go back to school and start his own business. He sits at the Lawrence Park Dinor, just up the street from the 350-acre GE plant.
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Chinese factories, American workers

by Rob Schmitz Aug 12, 2016
More Chinese companies are setting up shop — and providing jobs — in states like South Carolina.
Greenfield Industries Operations Vice President Bobby Densmore holds his company’s product in front of an assembly line in Seneca, South Carolina. Greenfield was purchased by Chinese company TDC in 2009. It’s one of the many Chinese companies that are hiring American workers to assemble its products, reversing a global trend in manufacturing.
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Shinola has perfect timing in Detroit

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 21, 2016
Starting a luxury brand in a bankrupt city isn't easy.
Shinola employs 260 people at its Detroit facility. Many of them are former auto workers, police officers and hospital workers
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Inside the migration of the Maytag factory

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 28, 2015
Author Chad Broughton’s “Boom, Bust, Exodus” looks at globalization from both sides of the border.
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The death of manufacturing is greatly exaggerated

by Kai Ryssdal and Tommy Andres May 30, 2014
A look at how one Mississippi town is bringing factory jobs back from overseas.

How one Tennessee county kept unemployment so low

by Blake Farmer Apr 22, 2014
Why one resident of Lincoln County, Tenn. says: "We're lucky, I guess."

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Prefab apartment buildings on the rise

by Dan Bobkoff Apr 21, 2014
Is modular construction poised to take off in the U.S.?

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