Manufacture Good

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Located in the heart of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, Manufacture Good helps unemployed men (ages 18-35) see work as an opportunity rather than a mundane task.

Through paid, six-month apprenticeships, Manufacture Good teaches the heart of workmanship that includes both tactical and soft-skills training. Since its 2013 inception, almost 100 men have learned to work with metal and wood as primary mediums to create “Common Goods for the Common Good.”

Our grazing board gift is created by participants of Manufacture Good, two of whom are pictured here fist bumping.
Dane gives a thumbs-up and smiles

Meet Dane

For years, Dane worked a job he absolutely hated. When he woke up in the morning, he'd try to find a way out of going to work.

In 2018, when he and his wife moved to Birmingham, Dane saw an ad for a Manufacture Good apprenticeship. Initially, he thought he’d only learn to work with wood. But Dane found a transforming experience that helped him deal with years of unresolved anger, hate, and frustration.

In Dane’s words, Manufacture Good “helped me realize that even when I don’t feel like I measure up, I measure up in the eyes of God.”

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