Cleveland Metal Stamping

Case Study of an Industry in Transition

by Peter Reuter

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The metal stamping industry is a major employer in Cleveland, typifying the mainstream of Cleveland manufacturing. This study of its current conditions and prospects was based on a sample survey of independent metal stamping firms in the metropolitan area. The major findings are (1) Cleveland metal stamping firms still have relatively abundant supply of skilled labor; (2) the industry serves a geographically dispersed customer base and has not been substantially affected by the continuing move of customer firms from the Midwest; (3) firms continue to upgrade the quality of their technology, despite depressed markets; and (4) major difficulties arise from the fact that Cleveland has specialized in automotive stampings and these firms have had difficulty in diversifying their markets in the face of reduced automotive demand.

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