Manufacturing is all the rage these days. Factories are creating jobs for the first time in 20 years, nationwide. And pols from President Obama to our own Congressman David Cicilline are placing big bets on the sector.
So, can manufacturing really save the state?
I spent the last couple of weeks walking the factory floor, talking to CEOs and policymakers, and poring through the data in a quest for the answer. It's a tale of robots and human hands, big global forces and local ingenuity.
The story will be out tomorrow - complete with spiffy charts and human stories alike. Take a read. Tomorrow, in this space, I'll have some more thoughts on what it all means - and I'll toss in some detail that didn't make it into the piece.
Some other great stuff in this week's issue, including a colorful piece from contributor John Larrabee on the vultures that have descended on Woonsocket and a small piece I wrote on Wired's Kevin Kelly, eminence grise of Silicon Valley, who will be in town next week for a talk at RISD.