In recent decades, South Carolina and New York have built world-class industry clusters producing tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. Greenville did it in high-tech auto making; Albany, in nanotech.
Now Pittsburgh and its airport are staking their claim – as a global cluster for additive manufacturing.
This spring, "Neighborhood 91," designed as a campus for firms and factories, will begin construction on land owned by Pittsburgh International Airport. Ground already has been cleared. Eventually, the industrial community – sharing ideas and resources, including power supplied by natural gas sourced on-site – will break ground in 3D printing. That’s the better-known layman’s catchall for additive manufacturing.