Can America step up to a manufacturing renaissance?

Reasons beyond the US shale gas boom are undermining the country's rationale for sending manufacturing offshore. But as the domestic sector grows, will the country have the skills to capitalise?

Murmurings about whether the American manufacturing renaissance is driven by much more than an explosion of cheap shale gas recently made their way into the pages The Atlantic. The so-called ‘insourcing boom’ is a real phenomenon, but it has neither demonstrated itself to be substantial or sustainable and is vulnerable to the relative weakness of the United States and growing strength of China.

Two highly respected writers, Charles Fishman and James Fallows, explain in the magazine a compelling story that suggests the three-decade trend of American manufacturing outsourcing isn’t just slowing, but showing signs of reversing.

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