Rust Bowl

Rust Bowl

Any area that was once the home of many manufacturing plants and related companies, but has seen decline as companies have either gone bankrupt or moved to areas with a lower cost of doing business. Rust bowls are most common in the developed world. Pennsylvania, for example, forms part of the Rust Bowl in the United States.
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Born in Lansing, Michigan, in the mid-1960s, author McClelland witnessed the decline of the previous generation's way of life; during his teen years, the Midwest was declared a Rust Bowl.
One result: the term Rust Bowl entered the American vocabulary as whole industries - steel and machine tools, most notably - all but vanished as Japanese and other competitors rode to glory on their cheap currencies.