From Mass Transit to New Manufacturing by ProQuest

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According to the Institute for Supply Management, U.S. manufacturing activity recently fell to its lowest level in 28 years. Transit experts noted that Pullman Standard had automated its production facilities to build subways for New York City.\n For example, in New York City, one top maintenance engineer argued that after the two-year suppliers' warranty has expired, the MTA is able to learn more than the original supplier about how vehicles (and thus the technology behind them) work in service. [...] a consortium could include joint ventures between U.S. universities and systems integrators, foreign suppliers, and domestic suppliers of key components, and the development of an industrial workshop that could integrate research, testing, and prototype development.

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