San Francisco’s manufacturing sector is making a small-scale comeback, but don’t start looking for smokestacks.
Led by dozens of entrepreneurs turning hobbies into companies — including fashion designers, artisan furniture makers and small-batch brewers — the city’s new crop of makers are smaller and more specialized than before, powered by the Internet to produce locally and push their goods abroad.
With the support of the city, an influential industry association and each other, these new companies are gaining attention worldwide, relying on a “made in San Francisco” brand that has grown more prominent. But challenges that include a growing crunch on industrial space and ever-higher costs of production could be a cap to this growth.
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