To understand why, consider Los Angeles, where I live. Drill presses and metal foundries may not leap to mind when a passing hipster croons “That’s so L.A.,” but manufacturing is a way of life in a city that accounts for 523,100 manufacturing jobs, more than any other metro area in the country. Much of L.A.’s industrial base comprises small- and medium-size businesses, which makes it an important bellwether for the health of the nation’s light manufacturing sector. So how’s the industrial renaissance going?
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