FABTECH Fact Friday: Georgia Manufacturing in the American Civil War

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It’s a Friday here at FABTECH which can mean only one thing – it’s time for your weekly fact about this year’s show!

For this week’s fact, we’re taking you back, back over 150 years, to the to American Civil War.

With this year’s show scheduled to pull into Atlanta in November, we thought we’d give a little insight into the history of manufacturing in our show’s host city.

The New Georgia Encyclopedia contains a chronicled history of the state during the Civil War.  The article’s writers, Sean H. Vanatta and Dan Du, both of the University of Georgia, explain that though the “manufacturing might of the North during the Civil War often overshadowed that of the South … the success of the Confederate war effort depended as much on the iron of its industry as the blood of its fighting men.”

From the New Georgia Encyclopedia: A photo of a Georgia pistol factory

They write that Georgia, known at the time as the “Empire State of the South” was ahead of its neighbors in manufacturing advancements and, as a result, it was “an indispensable site for wartime manufacturing, combining a prewar industrial base with extensive transportation linkages. …”  Georgia produced much of the gunpowder, munitions, textiles, and a vast array of other essential materials to keep the Confederacy fighting.

You can read more about the role of Georgia’s manufacturing base in supporting the war effort here.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s historical Fact Friday.  Stay tuned to our blog for the latest about the FABTECH 2014 show as well as insights into the past and future of the American manufacturing sector.

And don’t forget to register for the show!

Happy Friday from FABTECH!

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