March 31, 2019

March 2019 eNewsletter

March 2019 E-News: 136,000 Manufacturing Jobs Reshored in 2018

Monthly Focus: Lean and Reshoring

Any company that imports products or components chosen primarily on the basis of price should apply lean principles to its sourcing decisions.

  1. As W. Edwards Deming wrote in Out of the Crisis, “End the practice of awarding business on the basis of price tag. Instead, minimize total cost.”
  2. The Toyota Production System identifies wastes in any organization. Offshoring exacerbates all seven of the Toyota wastes.
  3. Walk the entire Gemba, the real place where work gets done. U.S. and offshore teams work on lean, each in their own organizations. Who considers the impact of importing instead of sourcing domestically and optimizes the entire Gemba?

For more, see our blog, Applying Lean Principles to Sourcing Decisions.

In the News

Sherrill Manufacturing wins the 2019 National Metalworking Reshoring Award

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Greg Owens accepted the Award from Harry Moser on March 8, 2019, at the MFG Meeting in Tucson.

Sherrill Manufacturing became the only flatware manufacturer in the U.S. when it purchased and restarted portions of the Oneida Ltd. flatware factory in Sherrill, NY. Product innovation and quality drive Sherrill’s success as it sells its brand, Liberty Tabletop, primarily direct to consumers over the internet. The winner also received a letter of congratulation from Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce. AMT, NTMA, PMA and the Reshoring Initiative sponsored the award. The 2020 Award will be launched soon. Contact us for application details.

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A selection of Liberty Tabletop’s Made in USA flatware

Supply Chain Perils: Reports show increased risk to global supply chains in 2018 will continue into 2019. This volatility behooves managers to find more localized manufacturing sites to mitigate any disruptions.

U.S./Mexico partnership? Mexico and the U.S. should team up to reshore and nearshore work flowing out of China in response to rising wages and U.S. tariffs, especially because Mexico’s exports to the U.S. include 40 percent U.S. content. The impact of Mexico’s cartels on the safety of operations and employees requires attention.

The psychological impact of job loss: Multiple studies document The Despair of America’s Nonworking Men and the severe psychological impact of job loss. In manufacturing, most of these losses stem from offshoring. In our next newsletter, the Reshoring Initiative will report on our research into providing good jobs via reshoring and FDI as a feasible remedy.

Does the U.S. face a security threat from China? The answer is yes. This piece in the Washington Times sounds the alarm and urges the U.S. toward a more aggressive policy to counter China’s race for dominance in super computing, space exploration and artificial intelligence, areas that pose the greatest risk to national security.

Trade negotiations are difficult to predict, but some things remain certain: HBS professor Willy Shih outlines those economic forces – tradability, labor arbitrage, subbing capital for labor or vice versa, and government policies – largely consistent with our model of trade and reshoring. He notes that, “Rising costs in emerging markets and increased use of automation are likely to decrease trade based on labor arbitrage as a percentage of overall trade volumes in the years ahead.”

Consider The Silver Lining in the U.S. Manufacturing Slowdown: The predicted slowdown may offer many companies and industries vital time to accommodate upcoming trends such as additive manufacturing. “In an additive-based economy, Americans will produce most of their goods domestically.”

NC State, Wilson College of Textiles: Investigation of Textile and Apparel Reshoring Based on Contingency Factors and Reshoring Drivers” provides useful insights into what has driven the reshoring of apparel and textiles.


Select Publications

Forbes:Manufacturing Has Been Booming, And Now There Will Be A Big Convention To Celebrate It

MetalMiner Podcast:The ‘Maker-to-User’ Trend in the Time of Tariffs

Christian Science Monitor:A Trump-Obama trend: Revival of ‘Made in the USA’

USAToday:Can the Middle-Class Revival Under Trump Last?

Assembly Magazine:Made in USA: Turning Preference into Purchases (part 1- Moser on Manufacturing)

Barron’s: How Investors Should Navigate Globalization’s Decline

The New York Times: Before Trump’s State of the Union, a Look at How Last Year’s Promises Fared”

Upcoming Events

May 7 – ISM Central Iowa (Des Moines, IA): Harry Moser will present remotely on "Trade, Tariffs & USMCA"

May 8-9 – SEAMS Annual Networking Conference (Savannah, GA): Announcing the winners of the National Sewn Products Reshoring Awards.

June 3-4 – SUR/FIN 2019 (Rosemont, IL)

June 10-12 – SelectUSA Investment Summit (Washington, DC): SelectUSA now enables reshoring as well as FDI (foreign direct investment).

October 3 – Made in America 2019 (Indianapolis, IN): Americans prefer American-made products. This 450,000 sq. ft. B2C and B2B show will help bring manufacturing back home.

Thanks to all our readers, sponsors and companies using the Total Cost of Ownership Estimator® – Your participation makes more reshoring possible.
Reshoring Initiative

Harry Moser, Founder & President, Reshoring Initiative, (847) 867-1144
Millar Kelley, Newsletter Editor & Research Analyst
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