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Small Factories Emerge as a Weapon in the Fight Against Poverty
OCT. 28, 2016 | The New York Times | By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ.

... small manufacturers like Marlin are vital if the United States is to narrow the nation’s class divide and build a society that offers greater opportunities for everyone — rich and poor, black and white, high school graduates and Ph.D.s.

“The closing of factories has taken the rungs out of the ladder for reaching the middle class in urban areas,” ....“Manufacturing jobs involve a skill base that you develop over time, and that fortifies your negotiating strength,” Mr. Johnson said. But in lower-skilled jobs, the competition is with someone who will do the same work for less. “The marketplace doesn’t give you any leverage,” he said.

Hope for Troubled Cities

Today, smaller plants are particularly important to job creation in factory work, said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. “Megafactories are the exception today,” Mr. Paul said. “Small manufacturing is holding its own — and you are seeing some interesting developments in urban centers.”....As the sociologist William Julius Wilson has written in his classic studies, “The Truly Disadvantaged” and “When Work Disappears,” the exodus of factories from high-cost, union-dominated cities to cheaper, less union-friendly locales in the South and West in the 1960s and 1970s played a major role in the breakdown of urban cores.

“The trends among non-college-educated, white Americans today look like a lot like the trends among black Americans in the 1970s that so worried policy makers and social scientists,” said David Autor, a professor of economics at M.I.T., who researches the connections among trade, labor and employment. “You see it in the falling labor force participation, the decline of traditional family structure, crime and poverty. It’s all there.”...
African-Americans  automation  Baltimore  blue-collar  deindustrialization  equality_of_opportunity  exodus  manufacturers  micro-factories  microproducers  poverty  robotics  Rust_Belt  tradespeople  urban  value_added  whites 
october 2016 by jerryking
Micro-manufacturing movement takes hold in Toronto - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
micro-factories  manufacturers  Toronto  food 
october 2016 by jerryking
D.I.Y. Detroit: A Hands-On Approach to Fixing the Auto Industry - Bits Blog -
July 30, 2010 | New York Times | By ASHLEE VANCE. D.I.Y.
Detroit: A Hands-On Approach to Fixing the Auto Industry. Added
proposed new location for TechShop Detroit. Geeks, engineers and
do-it-yourselfers in Detroit will soon have a chance to take the future
of the American automotive industry into their own hands.
manufacturers  automotive_industry  DIY  Detroit  hacks  micro-factories  small_batch 
august 2010 by jerryking
Ping - At TechShops, Do-It-Yourselfers Get to Use Expensive Tools -
April 9, 2010 | New York Times | by Ashlee Vance. About
TechShop, a chain of do-it-yourself workshops. A corporatized version of
the “hacker spaces”. Success depends on there being a revolution in
which Americans turn off their TVs, put down their golf clubs and step
away from their Starbucks coffees. Then they will direct their
disposable income and free time toward making things — stuff like
chairs, toys and, say, synthetic diamonds. They will do this because the
tools needed to make really cool things have become cheaper and because
humans feel good when they make really cool things.
manufacturers  DIY  hacks  micro-factories  small_batch  disposable_income 
april 2010 by jerryking
Small-scale artisans embrace the virtual dollhouse - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 21, 2009 | Saturday's Globe and Mail | by Shaun Pett.
Like mass-market industrial goods, artisanal wares produced on a small
scale are benefiting from globalization and the reach of the Internet,
attracting new clients in far-flung markets. Call it the rise of
artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  manufacturers  size  scaling  design  Etsy  inventors  micro-factories 
november 2009 by jerryking

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