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5 modern manufacturing hubs

Domestic manufacturing has declined, but these 5 cities still draw plants thanks to competitive infrastructure costs, favorable geographic locations and strong labor markets.

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While Manchester is no longer a textile town, the city still attracts and sustains manufacturers, thanks to its strong workforce and low cost of living compared to nearby Boston.

Today, more than 200 manufacturing firms are headquartered in Manchester. Most produce durable goods such as metal products, electrical products, machinery, and plastics. New Hampshire's business-friendly tax regime especially benefits manufacturers: The state does not tax inventory, industrial machinery, or personal property.

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Last updated March 26 2008: 11:47 AM ET