Spread of Industry into New Areas
Outside attractions for manufacturing enterprise are joining with centrifugal forces developed within historic centers of industrial concentration to transform the economic geography of the United States. Location of large factories beyond the usual urban complex received strong impetus when electricity replaced steam as the principal source of industrial power and motor transportation came into general use. Ensuing technological advances added to industrial mobility and World War II greatly accelerated the establishment of plants in new areas, particularly in the South and West. Since the war industry has spread out even more widely—into small communities and rural districts in virtually every section of the country.
New places for branch plants are constantly being sought out by large industrial corporations. Many of ...