The U.S. has been losing manufacturing jobs to China, Mexico and other cheaper-labor countries for decades. But millions of Americans still punch the clock and head out to the factory floor every day. Why do some U.S. manufacturers still survive, and even flourish?
This report from Atlantic Monthly focuses on a single fuel-injector manufacturing facility in Greenville, South Carolina to suggest some answers.
I thought this was a terrific piece of reporting. After reading it, I felt as though I had a better understanding of the economic forces that move the world and the people in it.
It’s the cover story in this month’s print edition of the magazine, although the cover photo and headline promoting it provide no clue as to what the article is actually about.
Here is NPR’s version of the same story, broadcast today.