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The Metropolitan Geography of Firm Linkages, 1872–1901

in Chicago Made

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226477015
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226477046 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226477046.003.0006
The Metropolitan Geography of Firm Linkages, 1872–1901

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All manufacturers—from the large, vertically integrated, multi-unit corporation to the small proprietorial workshop with one or two workers—interacted with firms, institutions, and individuals. Bewildering in nature, scale, and scope, industrial interaction ranged from the formal and routine to the unique and infrequent. This chapter discusses two elements of Chicago's manufacturing history: the existence of an extensive metropolitan-wide industrial complex of interlinked firms; and the manner in which local manufacturing firms were embedded in a regional circuit of business linkages. Chicago's manufacturing cluster formed an industrial metropolitan district that was city-centered, while forging specialized links with the Manufacturing Belt—the industrial center of the United States that ran from Wisconsin and Minnesota through the Great Lakes states to the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Keywords: industrial interaction; manufacturing forms; business linkages; manufacturing history

Chapter.  8547 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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