Located in the southeastern part of the state of Pennsylvania and the seat of Berks County, Reading is situated in the northwest of Philadelphia and sits on the Schuylkill River. During the American Revolution, the city served as a supply depot and was also the manufacturer for cannons. The city’s industrial development started in the late 18th century wherein the iron and steel industries in Berks County were starting to flourish. And the completion of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad greatly contributed to the thriving industrial growth. The textile and hosiery industry was started, and the city became the world’s first multi-tenant manufacturer’s outlet, and outlet stores and malls continued to play a vital role in the economy.
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