U.S. Manufacturing Is Back. Sort Of.

Industry is returning to the U.S. -- just not the jobs people remember.
The new factory floor. Photographer: Dave Martin/Bloomberg

In a move sure to confuse anyone who remembers the warnings over the North American Free Trade Agreement, Ford Motor Co. says it will be moving production of its F-650 and F-750 pickup trucks from Escobedo, Mexico, to Avon Lake, Ohio. This may seem like a triumph for U.S. competitiveness, but as usual, the truth about modern American manufacturing is more complex.

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