Brazlian jet maker Embraer employs about 600 people in Melbourne, Fla., and is expanding. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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With Shuttles Gone, Private Ventures Give Florida's Space Coast A Lift
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This prototype built by MIT researchers can be reconfigured to manufacture different types of pharmaceuticals. Courtesy of the Allan Myerson lab hide caption

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Inventing A Machine That Spits Out Drugs In A Whole New Way
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An engine is assembled at a Cummins plant in Columbus, Ind., in 2007. The Fortune 500 company sells diesel engines around the world. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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As Factory Jobs Slip Away, Indiana Voters Have Trade On Their Minds
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Moving Air Conditioning Jobs To Mexico Becomes Hot Campaign Issue
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Analysts: Markets May Be Underestimating U.S. Economic Resilience
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(Top) A worker at Blue Creations prepares a pair of blue jeans for a crinkle effect known as "3-D whiskers." (Bottom) Employees at Blue Creations apply the destruction/distressing process to jeans by sanding, ripping and tearing them on molds. John Francis Peters for NPR hide caption

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From Pocket Lining To Jeans, A Niche Means Survival In LA Fashion
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Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis, and it was poised to become a manufacturing giant because of its unique geography. John Francis Peters for NPR & Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

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What Gets Made In LA Is Way More Than Movies
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Inmates Ted Stancil (from left), Steven Bass and Christopher Peeples, with their welding Instructor Jeremy Worley (standing in center) at Walker State Prison in Georgia. The inmates are working toward a welding certificate. Susanna Capelouto/WABE hide caption

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Amid A Shortage Of Welders, Some Prisons Offer Training
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Nissan workers at a plant in Canton, Miss. The auto company received financial incentives, including tax relief, from the state for the factory. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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A Backlash Brews Against Low Pay On The Factory Floor
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An "Assembled in the USA" stamp is seen at the side of a box containing a 32-inch television set May 29 in the warehouse of Element Electronics, in Winnsboro, S.C. For the phenomenon of "reshoring," or bringing overseas jobs back to the United States, the electronics sector has been a leader. Chris Keane/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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'Reshoring' Trend Has Little Impact On U.S. Economy, Study Finds
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Tom Worden works on a fixed-abrasive grinding table at Exelis Inc. in Rochester, N.Y. Exelis is an aerospace and defense company, and employs numerous former Kodak workers in its facility. Mike Bradley for NPR hide caption

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Rochester Focuses On A New Picture Of American Manufacturing
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