Monday, August 29, 2011

10 American industries still carrying on
Including bowling balls (Ebonite) with a snapshot of the recent American history of the sport. From John Boyden.
There’s only one ironing-board manufacturing plant left in the United States.

Sometimes globalization brings an ironic twist that actually helps American manufacturers. In the case of chopsticks, it was a double-dose of irony that made Americus, Georgia, a center of wooden-utensil production for China. When China’s several hundred manufacturers started running short of wood, though – remember, that country is building furiously, and it’s not heavily forested to begin with – an opportunity arose for a US company to turn the international-trade tables.

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