NPR’s Planet Money discovers the artisan economy

Friday, Feb 27 – NPR Morning Edition

Check out the Planet Money story on specialty beef jurky and an artisan spring manufacturer.  The take away (below) similar to what we concluded in Brew to Bikes  Full story here

“Even big manufacturers — like Toyota, General Electric, Dow Chemical — are focusing more of their business on custom-making products for customers willing to pay more. It’s one of the best alternatives to competing with China and other low-wage countries, which have perfected the commodity business of turning out lots and lots of identical products as cheaply as possible. Forget that model. In America, we can focus on craft. That’s where the money is, and that’s where the hope lies for American manufacturing.”

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