I'm sure that this has been discussed in other threads, but I've been wondering about how other cities have recently absorbed the loss of manufacturing jobs and what becomes of those factories. Recently here in the Bay Area there was a piece in the paper about needing young people for specialized manufacturing jobs as many of those workers will be retiring within the next few years. But in the same week there was news of the closure of the Mother's Cookies factory in Oakland. So my questions are:
How do other cities absorb the loss of manufacturing jobs?
What happens to these factories? I know that cities have been successful in converting large factories and entire industrial areas to housing/office, but what about smaller non-descript factories on the edge of town or in industrial parks? Are they ever utilized for manufacturing again?