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Local Production Practices and Inter-Firm Linkages

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/9780226477046.003.0011
Local Production Practices and Inter-Firm Linkages

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Between 1900 and 1930, a metropolitan complex of car, truck, and taxicab assemblers, parts makers, and wholesalers developed in response to the industry's production strategies and strong inter-firm relations. The local industry depended on the production practices of closely linked firms centered on a detailed division of labor between supplier and assembling plants along the metropolitan-based commodity chain. This involved the supply of vehicle parts in varying quantities to specialized assemblers and suppliers. Services received from local industries and financial institutions reinforced Chicago's automotive firms' dependence on this local network. Chicago's distinctive industrial character underpinned the development of a large industry specializing in truck and taxicab production by the interwar period.

Keywords: automotive industry; automotive manufacturing; inter-firm relations; vehicle parts; trucks; taxicabs

Chapter.  8261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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