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1 Why Do Industries Have Different Distributions?
Chapter 11 Key Issue 2 Why Do Industries Have Different Distributions?

2 Situation Factors Situation factors involve decisions about industrial location that attempt to minimize transportation costs by considering raw material source(s) as well as the market(s). If the cost of transporting the inputs is greater than the cost of transporting the finished product, the best plant location is nearer to the inputs. Otherwise the best location for the factory will be closer to the consumers.

3 Copper Industry The North American copper industry is a good example of locating near the raw material source. Copper concentration is a bulk-reducing industry; the final product weighs less than the inputs. Two-thirds of U.S. copper is mined in Arizona, so most of the concentration mills and smelters are also in Arizona.

4 Copper Industry in North America
Fig. 11-8: Copper mining, concentration, smelting, and refining are examples of bulk-reducing industries. Many are located near the copper mines in Arizona.

5 Copper Mine in Arizona The Lavender Pit Copper Mine in Bisbee, Arizona operated between 1951 and 1974.

6 Origin of Steel Industry
Steelmaking is another bulk-reducing industry. Steel was made by the Bessemer process, invented in 1855, which combined iron ore and carbon at very high temperatures using coal to produce steel. By the beginning of the 20th century most large U.S. steel mills were located near the East and West coasts because iron ore was coming from other countries.

7 Integrated Steel Mills
Fig. 11-9: Integrated steel mills in the U.S. are clustered near the southern Great Lakes, which helped minimize transport costs of heavy raw materials.

8 U.S. Steel Industry Today the U.S. steel industry is located near major markets in minimills. It has become a footloose industry, which can locate virtually anywhere because the main input is scrap metal and is available almost everywhere. Today the U.S. steel industry takes advantage of the agglomeration economies, or sharing of services with other companies that are available at major markets. The agglomeration of companies can lead to the development of ancillary activities that surround and support large-scale industry. Deglomeration occurs when a firm leaves an agglomerated region to start in a distant, new place. However, according to Alfred Weber’s theory of industrial location or least cost theory, firms will locate where they can minimize transportation and labor costs as well as take advantage of agglomeration economies.

9 U.S. Steel Mill (Gary, Indiana)
The integrated steel mill of U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana.

10 Nucor Steel Minimills Fig : Minimills produce steel from scrap metal, and they are distributed around the country near local markets. Nucor is the largest minimill operator.

11 Proximity to Markets The location of bulk-gaining industries is determined largely by the markets because they gain volume or weight during production. Most drink bottling industries are examples of bulk-gaining industries; empty cans or bottles are brought to the bottler, filled, and shipped to consumers. Single-market manufacturers are specialized, with only one or two customers, such as manufacturers of motor vehicle parts. Perishable-product industries such as fresh food and newspapers will usually locate near their markets. Transportation costs will decline with distance because loading and unloading costs are the greatest. The major modes of transportation are ship, rail, truck, and air. A break-of-bulk point is a place where transfer from one mode of transportation to another is possible.

12 Location of Beer Breweries
Fig : Beer brewing is a bulk-gaining industry that needs to be located near consumers. Breweries of the two largest brewers are located near major population centers.

13 Chevrolet Assembly Plants, 1955
Fig a: In 1955, GM assembled identical Chevrolets at ten final assembly plants located near major population centers.

14 Chevrolet Assembly Plants, 2007
Fig b: In 2007, GM was producing a wider variety of vehicles, and production of various models was spread through the interior of the country.

15 Site Factors Site factors include labor, land, and capital.
Labor-intensive industries are those in which the highest percentage of expenses are the cost of employees, such as textile and apparel production. Land, which includes natural resources, is a major site factor. For example, aluminum producers locate near dams to take advantage of hydroelectric power. The availability of capital is critical to the location of high-tech industries, such as those in California’s Silicon Valley. The distribution of industries in LDCs is also largely dependent on the ability to borrow money.

16 Child Labor in Textile Mills
Child labor was common in the textile industry, which was transformed in the Industrial Revolution. Many spools of thread could be spun simultaneously if they were connected to a steam engine.

17 Cotton Yarn Production
Fig a: Production of cotton yarn from fiber is clustered in major cotton growing countries, including the U.S., China, India, Pakistan, and Russia.

18 Distribution of Cotton Yarn Production
Fig b: Three-quarters of cotton yarn is produced in less developed countries.

19 Chinese Textile Mill Fig c: Machine spinning spools of cotton at a textile mill in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China.

20 Woven Cotton Fabric Production
Fig a: Production of woven cotton fabric is labor intensive and is likely to be located in LDCs. China and India account for over 75% of world production.

21 Distribution of Woven Cotton Fabric Production
Fig b: Over 80% of cotton fabric production is located in less developed countries.

22 Cotton Factory in India
Fig c: Cotton looms in a factory in India.

23 Trouser Production Fig a: Sewing cotton fabric into men’s and boys’ trousers is more likely to be located in developed countries, but much production now occurs in LDCs.

24 Distribution of Trouser Production
Fig b: The majority of trouser production is in MDCs, near customers.

25 New York Garment District
Fig c: Women sewing garments in the Garment District in New York.

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