Day Of The Night Shift

It's a noise that most American manufacturers haven't heard since the late 1980s: the giddy hum of factories running flat out. Across the nation, makers of everything from automobiles, steel, and appliances to polyvinyl chloride and wallboard are running their plants at or near full capacity. Yet shortages of crucial goods are rare. The reason? Worldwide, plenty of unused capacity remains. And most producers are doing everything they can--from adding overtime to buying more supplies overseas--to squeeze out extra production without having to build whole new plants.

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