Being a CM in the US has allowed us to work with some amazing OEMs, designers, and custom projects. “Made in the USA” is a statement we are very passionate about; we are proud to produce custom products with this guarantee. In our 20+ years of experience, we have worked with anyone from start ups to established companies, partnered with big-name brands, and developed custom products in-house to cater to the US First Responder and Military Markets. So, why are we telling you this? A manufacturing term that has both the political and production community buzzing is “reshoring” – but what does this mean, and what are the implications of making this move?
“Reshoring” is a term used to describe bringing the production process back to your home country (in our case and in the case of our clients, producing in the USA). This can be in addition to the overseas factory, or in order to make the move to solely produce domestically. Oftentimes, domestic manufacturing (in the case of the US) tends to be more costly (with good reason, and well worth it!), and when a start up is first producing their product, they may not have to money to produce in the US right off the bat without extensive funding. After establishing themselves further, they may choose to localize their production for easier contract management, site visits, and ease of communication. We won’t go into extensive detail on working with Overseas vs. Domestic Contract Manufacturers here, but there are definitely Pro’s and Con’s to both.
There are any number of reason that companies reshore their production, including but not limited to: quicker product and prototype turnaround, more assurance of quality consistency, the ability to use the “Made in The USA” certification, lowered freight costs due to no longer mandatory plane or boat transport, heightened intellectual property protection, and support of the US economy and job market. This short list barely scratches the surface – there are endless benefits to reshoring, even if still utilizing an overseas factory simultaneously.
We believe in informing our readers about all aspects of the manufacturing process and what comes with it. Here’s some further reading on the reshoring process and it’s benefits: Why Reshore? via The Reshoring Initiative, What is the Difference between Onshoring and Reshoring? by Makers Row
… And a related Article by us on maintaining a healthy relationship with a US Contract: Five Tips to Help Keep your Sewing Contracts in the U.S.