For a metropolitan area of about 1 million people, Grand Rapids has retained the open, friendly feel of a small town, with the tree-lined streets and well-kept houses common in the Midwestern heartland.
It also has what may be a more important distinction, something President Trump says the whole country needs: manufacturing jobs — lots of them. Fully 20% of workers here make things. That share of manufacturing jobs is more than twice the national average.
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