What “Re-Shoring” Have You Seen?

A special one-day event in May will provide a setting for machine shops and tooling suppliers to meet OEMs that are thinking of increasing their domestic production. The Re-Shoring Fair will take place May 12 in Irvine, California.

A special one-day event in May will provide a setting for machine shops and tooling suppliers to meet OEMs that are thinking of increasing their domestic production. The Re-Shoring Fair will take place May 12 in Irvine, California. For more information, see the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA)
 
It might be that the timing for this event could not be more right. This Wall Street Journal article, for example, sees work coming back to the United States. Manufacturer U.S. Block Windows found the “China price” to be expensive—because inventory and lead time overcame the savings. As a result, this company added staff in Florida and shifted production there.
 
For General Electric, it was a favorable labor agreement that brought water heater production from China to Kentucky. Other factors that have resulted in other companies’ production returning home have included shipping costs, logistics, quality problems and the improving performance of U.S. suppliers.
 
Have you seen these factors play out? Have you seen production work come back to the U.S.? Send me an e-mail about the “re-shoring” successes you have seen. (pzelinski@mmsonline.com) We might ask for additional information in the hope of reporting on the story in Modern Machine Shop.