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Shinola looks to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., and stakes a claim in Chicago

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Detroit, and the idea of jobs making a very different kind of motor in the Motor City, is a big part of upscale watchmaker Shinola's brand.

But Shinola also has strong Chicago ties. A local tannery supplies the leather Shinola uses in its watch straps. Three Shinola stores have opened or are opening in the Chicago area by this fall. The company wants to set up a manufacturing plant on the city's South Side, though Shinola President Jacques Panis has declined to say what it may make and when it may open.

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