A Reshoring Initiative Case Study:

Reshoring Large Thermoformed Doors & Covers


  • Company: Universal Plastics
  • Location: Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Satisfaction with the results: High


  • Large Thermoformed covers/doors for circuit board test equipment & complicated internal guards


Country from which reshored: China
Offshore: the work was in-house.
Factors which made offshoring less attractive: Quality, Rework, Warranty, Difficulty of Innovation/Product Differentiation


Reshored work is in-house.
Domestic factors which made the domestic alternative more attractive: Automation/technology, Lean or other business process improvement techniques

Additional Background

Relevant Industries: Plastics and Rubber Products, Computer and Electronic Products
Year Reshored: 2014
Total cost of ownership analysis was used in the reshoring decision.