06/02/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Old-Economy Companies Facing A Bright Future

This is not your economy. It's not even your parents' economy. To a surprising degree, this is your great-grandparents' economy.

Quietly, while attention has focused on the technology, finance and service sectors, businesses that stood astride 19th century industrial America but then collapsed have been resurrected to meet the needs of a feverishly industrializing world. In the process, much of what Americans think they know about their economy is being upended.

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