For a metropolitan area of about 1 million people, Grand Rapids has retained the open, friendly feel of a small town, with the tree-lined streets and well-kept houses common in the Midwestern heartland.
It also has what may be a more important distinction, something President Trump says the whole country needs: manufacturing jobs — lots of them.
Fully 20% of workers here make things. That share of manufacturing jobs is more than twice the national average.
Grand Rapids is hardly the land of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones” that Trump evoked in his inauguration address.
Manufacturing has helped drive unemployment down to less than 3%, below the...