Are Small Towns Good for Factories?

Are Small Towns Good for Factories?

Small towns are known for a lot of things including their pride, their passion, and their close-knit community. And Nebraska sure does have a lot of small towns.

But as a small town in Missouri taught us, these tiny towns can make a difference in manufacturing.

Small towns are usually filled with adults and kids that have grown up almost their whole lives on farms where they drive, handle, and operate manufacturing machinery.

Perhaps, then, the answer to all the manufacturing questions could be answered within these smaller towns.

In 2012, as Forbes notes, the small town of Perryville, MO answered the question of how small towns can help bring back a thriving manufacturing sector.

A few miles out of town, the town created huge, active manufacturing complexes that would employ thousands of people. And what is even better is that there is no specific sector of manufacturing that is most representative. There’s automobile manufacturing, airplane manufacturing, and even a food factory.

Even in a small town, the sky is the limit when it comes to promoting manufacturing activity and job creation. All around the country, many towns of 8,000 or even 2,000 people can have factories that produce and distribute products much like larger cities.

When these factories popped up around this specific small town, the unemployment rate neared 3 percent, while the national average stayed around 8.3 percent.

So what makes a small town a good choice for these factories? Location, mainly.

Small towns are usually surrounded by open lands and family-run farms, so the agricultural society already intact could only benefit from the factory. Advantages of building a factory often include rising demand and job satisfaction.

Though demand seems to not fit too largely within such a small community, demand for manufactured products is growing nearly every day, and even large factories in larger cities often have difficulty keeping up with today’s ever-increasing demand.

And as for job satisfaction, in manufacturing, producing goods that are tangible creates a lot of satisfaction. Especially in small towns, the workers coming in are used to using machinery and producing results.

So while looking towards large cities to place manufacturing hubs, there are smaller cities and towns around the country that are thriving off of small factories popping up a few miles outside of the city limits.

Manufacturing really does offer incredible opportunities. And as this article in Forbes shows, that’s true no matter whether you’re a giant city or a small town.

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