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The Future of American Manufacturing

We asked 26 companies about the state of manufacturing in America. Here's what we learned about what it takes to be "Made in the USA."

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Matt Artinger was put on this earth to design and build some of the sweetest-sounding guitars ever crafted. And when a man figures out …
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An environmentally conscious chef eschews conventional sushi in favor of the undiscovered pleasures of strange, invasive species. A man…
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After years of technical delays, performance issues, and massive cost overruns, the Joint Strike Fighter is finally coming into its own…
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The people tasked with protecting objects that make up the backbone of our culture use a lot of trial and error along with their scienc…
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As the shock-and-awe of conventional warfare has given way to the unpredictable carnage of terrorism, much of the job of keeping Americ…
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For nearly two decades, Monkey Brains has slowly built up an alternative to getting reamed by mega-monopolies that usually control acce…
There Will Be Netflix on Mars

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