Joy in Meadville: ‘Tool City’ Weathers Downturn

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By TIMOTHY AEPPEL, Wall Street Journal Updated April 16, 2009 12:01 a.m. ET MEADVILLE, Pa. — The tool-and-die shops that drive this region’s economy and give this town its “Tool City USA” nickname are faring better in the current downturn than they did in past recessions. “You’re not seeing the wholesale disruptions you might expect, because they learned from hard …