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IPFS News Link • Economy - Economics USA

Rural U.S. towns struggle as big employers shut down

• Reuters
After more than an hour talking about how awful business has been of late, Pete Van Straten, 52, jerks a thumb at the telephone sitting on the desk behind his younger brother, George.

"Have you heard that phone ring in the last hour?" he asks a visitor. "Two years ago that phone was ringing off the hook and we couldn't keep up with orders. Now, it's dead."