A professor’s case for Made in America

Posted by TGarland on 08/22/2013

Suzanne Berger, a political science professor at MIT, set out to find what's needed to determine the manufacturing location of a new product. She reports the answer (and much more) in her new book, Making in America: From Innovation to Market.

Berger says that research and development benefits when it is located close to the manufacturing process. That's because researchers and engineers can readily make changes and can innovate in order to improve both a product and its manufacturing process. Also, Berger believes that the government is needed to convene resources that provide new technologies and training.

A good example is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, Ohio, a consortium of companies, research universities, community colleges, and economic development groups that seek federal seed funding.

Berger’s conclusion is simple: industries benefit from a closer link between production and innovation. Hidden costs in outsourcing, new technology and other conditions are making it more attractive than ever to make it in America.

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