FORT WORTH, Texas -- Along a stretch of Texas highway on the northern fringes of Fort Worth, a small herd of American bison graze in a field as corporate and cargo jets take off from nearby Alliance Airport and hunters outfit themselves to go after lesser game at a giant Cabela's outlet next door. The giant mammals also count AT&T, Lockheed Martin, and of course, Motorola among their bigger neighbors.
Welcome to Alliance, Texas, Ross Perot Jr.'s master-planned community and foreign trade zone that lies within Fort Worth and three other Texas cities and houses acres and acres of industrial and corporate office operations for other global names like Nestle, Coca-Cola, and Mercedes-Benz. And don't forget the subdivisions full of affordable homes, the community's own rail yard and private airport, and a handful of shopping malls. If we were to start building America today from scratch, odds are it would look like Alliance.
It seems kind of fitting that this postmodern mashup of American landscapes is also home to one of the only places in the country where an American smartphone is being assembled on a small American factory floor by more than 2,000 actual American workers. … Read more