Roots of American Manufacturing

By February 5, 2006Taking It for Granted

Blog-Icon-MI.jpgIn January, the blog commemorated the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, stateman, inventor and Founding Father. One of his contributions was to help lay the base for vigorous and innovative manufacturing in this country. It is often taken for granted that we have strong manufacturing, yet this sector doesn’t flourish everywhere. It was men and women like Franklin who put the United States firmly on the industrial path. For example, in the 1720s when Franklin was starting out in Philadelphia with his own printing shop, he manufactured the first moveable type in the colonies rather than waiting many months for imported type from Great Britian. Many years later, he was honored by an American typeface designer who named the Franklin Gothic typeface after him in recognition for his leadership in developing the early printing industry in America.