A Reshoring Initiative Case Study:

Kept from Offshoring - Exports to China


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


  • Large client couldn't find supplier in China because of quality/material issue, we now ship to China


Country from which reshored: China
Factors which made offshoring less attractive: Quality, Rework, Warranty, Difficulty of Innovation/Product Differentiation


The work was kept from being offshored.
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 Industry: Plastics and Rubber Products
Year Reshored: 2014
Total cost of ownership analysis was used in the reshoring decision.