Two Companies Recognized with 2020 Reshoring Award
Die-Tech & Engineering and Trenton Forging Company received the 2020 National Metalworking Reshoring Award in recognition of their success in bringing manufacturing back to the United States.
Die-Tech & Engineering and Trenton Forging Company (TFC) have received the 2020 National Metalworking Reshoring Award in recognition of their success in bringing manufacturing back to the United States. Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, presented the awards virtually on the IMTS Network on September 15. The award honors companies that have effectively reshored products, parts or tooling made primarily by metal forming, fabricating, casting or machining, including additive manufacturing. It is made possible by the Reshoring Initiative, the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).
Founded in 1967 with a facility built originally from recycled materials, Trenton Forging is an innovative leader in the forging industry. TFC earned the award by winning a large contract from a Japanese Tier-One supplier to a U.S.-based Japanese automaker, defeating an offshore forging house.
“Trenton Forging is a tried and true American family-owned business, and we take pride in providing the quality and integrity required to mark our products ‘Made in USA,’” says Dan Moxlow, director of market/process innovation at TFC. “We have battled with offshoring for decades, as most U.S. manufacturers have. This product line is a win for Trenton, and a win for American manufacturing. It is an honor to be recognized and awarded the 2020 National Metalworking Reshoring Award.”
Die-Tech & Engineering is a family-owned business in Wyoming, Michigan. Die-Tech manufactures plastic injection molds and die-cast dies. Die-Tech was chosen because molds and dies are complex, labor-intensive products that many assume are not competitively produced here.
“We are happy to be recognized for our participation in reshoring efforts by our customers. Die-Tech has focused on working with customers trying to bring work back onshore by supporting them with cost-effective tooling solutions, often providing higher-level tooling solutions than their offshore competition can provide,” says Bill Berry, president and owner of Die-Tech & Engineering. “Our ability to collaborate with customers on quick-delivery complex tooling solutions was highlighted by our ability to supply tooling for the production of ventilator components in days, not the expected weeks or months at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. We are proud to be an example of what the U.S. supply chain model can accomplish.”
OEMs and contract manufacturers are encouraged to apply by June 30, 2021 for the 2021 National Metalworking Reshoring Award.
This shop sees no long-term threat in the reality of lower prices. Machine tool investments related to various die components allow the shop to use skilled labor more efficiently.
This shop finds stable milling speeds quickly using a systematic pattern of test cuts.
Hard milling allows mold components to be machined in the hardened state, thus skipping several expensive and time-consuming processes such as electrical discharge machining and hand polishing.