Manufacturing Is in Flower

After years of neglect, America's factories are taking on afresh allure

"Nothing runs like a Deere," goes the slogan of the world's largest maker of farm equipment. These days, industrial engineers are changing that to "Nothing runs like a Deere factory." In its new plant on the northeast edge of Waterloo, Iowa, Deere is using computer-controlled assembly techniques to turn out a score of tractor models, bearing as many as 3,000 options, without costly plant shutdowns for retooling. The factory seems to be making a difference in Deere's profits. While sales rose slightly because...

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