Economic Geography of Industrial Materials

Economic Geography of Industrial Materials

Economic Geography of Industrial Materials

Economic Geography of Industrial Materials


One of the most important aspects of the tremendous growth and expansion of American industry in the last decade is an increased awareness of the significance of the many factors influencing the location of new plants, mills and factories. Greater attention is now being focused upon these factors than ever before: they are engaging the interest not only of producers of chemicals and manufactured goods but also of a broad range of workers in the fields of finance, investment, labor relations, housing and civic development. This book will have value to all these fields, as it attempts to set forth the essential problems involved in the economic geography of a large cross section of industrial inanufacturing.

This is a handbook written by men actively employed in each industry discussed and carefully edited by other authorities. It presents up-to-date information needed for understanding the operation of a given industry and suggests the path of future growth. The willingness of industrial leaders and scholars to cooperate in the writing of the book further emphasizes their recognition of its importance. It provides a new and needed approach to the problem of increased production in the United States. The economic, technological and geographic conditions of each industry treated are explained and analyzed to show industrialists, bankers, researchers, teachers, and students in economics, geography and business the combination of factors that determine its present and future location, and subsequent potential.

Chapter One provides a description of the world distribution of the basic resources and population, and of the economic and demographic conditions under which all industry operates. Chapter Two describes the vital part transportation plays in production and distribution. Key industries are discussed in succeeding chapters, from fuels and raw materials to finished products. In every case emphasis is placed on location factors which so often are essential for efficient operation.

The Editor-in-Chief gratefully acknowledges the efforts and cooperation of the contributors. The chief value of this book lies in their learned and authoritative contributions.


Dartmouth, N. H. January 1, 1956 . . .

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