The Heart of a New Manufacturing Economy

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How Toledo is Building a Green Energy Future on its Auto Past

A single smokestack still towers over the now empty 111-acre Jeep Parkway site in Toledo, Ohio, the birthplace of the civilian Jeep. Since 1915, the smokestack has been one of Toledo’s most recognized landmarks; now it is all that remains of North America’s oldest manufacturing plant.

Some might see a solitary smokestack on an empty expanse of land as a potent symbol of the decline and fall of America’s manufacturing might. To the city of Toledo and its residents, it is a powerful symbol that Toledo’s storied manufacturing legacy is currently being reborn on the site of its industrial past.  Read more

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