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Can a 'small giants' philosophy help revitalize American manufacturing?

By Paul Spiegelman for Forbes

May 29, 2018

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While we don’t often think of American manufacturing and entrepreneurship in the same sentence, David Dussault had a vision for getting the next generation excited about manufacturing and building a platform for them to have a thriving and profitable career in the industry.

Dussault had the idea that investing in state-of-the-art technologies would spur new innovation and make America highly competitive against global manufacturers. In 2006, he founded P1 Industries in his hometown of Schenectady, New York.

“Back in the day, Schenectady was a major center for manufacturing,” he says. “Manufacturing has this traditional illustration in people’s minds of dirt floors, lights hanging from the ceiling; kind of an archaic industry that had its glory days in the United States during the Industrial Revolution to post-World War II.”

But Dussault envisioned a new future for American manufacturing, and he set out to build a company that would infuse manufacturing with the excitement of entrepreneurship.

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