Seattle company pulls in $33M to create long-lasting metal using ‘nano-layering’

Modumetal has raised $33.5 million in financing to manufacture a metal that can last longer than steel and aluminum.

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Eric Rothenhaus, director of research and design at JanSport, puts laptop in a backpack at the company in Alameda, Calif., Aug. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Backpacks get a face-lift

Backpack-makers are rethinking the perennial style of back-to-school packs and also the mission of the ubiquitous carrying gear that for decades has been an annual...