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Springfield Armory as industrial policy: Interchangeable parts and the precision corridor

Bruce K Tull, University of Massachusetts Amherst


The Springfield Armory is widely recognized as having played a key role in the development of interchangeable parts and precision manufacturing. The Armory, in implementing Ordnance Department policies, acted as an inadvertent industrial policy by developing and diffusing “best practice” production techniques. The Armory acted as the central coordination agency within an early network of arms manufacturers and materials suppliers and provided valuable services and information that facilitated rapid industrialization along the “Precision Corridor” of the Connecticut River Valley.

Subject Area

Economic history

Recommended Citation

Tull, Bruce K, "Springfield Armory as industrial policy: Interchangeable parts and the precision corridor" (2001). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3000353.