Microfactories, not Gigafactories, Will Build It Back Better

By W. David Stephenson, principal of Stephenson Strategies

If you buy Elon Musk’s vision of reinventing manufacturing in America, that means the bigger the better. His multiple gigafactories are squarely in the tradition of Henry Ford’s 16-million square foot, vertically integrated Rouge River plant. But that was nearly 100 years ago.

For some of us, the way to achieve the Biden Administration’s “Build Back Better” challenge is a radical shift, to smaller, ultra-efficient, easily built plants nearer the point of sale and use: microfactories.

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