During the Recession of 2008, approximately 8.8 million jobs were lost throughout the United States. Mass layoffs were sweeping across the nation. But for Big Ass Fans, a fan, lighting, and controls manufacturing company headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, this was not the case.
Crayola is a U.S. based company that has remained true to its roots throughout its growth history. Crayola’s domestic manufacturing is impressive, with over three billion crayons rolling off of the Easton, PA production line yearly. 83% of Crayola’s customers are in North America, and over two thirds of all products which are sold globally are made in the United States.
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Contract manufacturers like Evolve provide a viable alternative to offshoring. Smaller CMs provide high quality, customer-focused service at a reasonable price. Evolve helps its customers model the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when making an offshore or restore decision.
In 2013, iRT announced its commitment to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Since the announcement of its Reshoring initiative, more than 80% of iRT’s components for its road, cyclocross, and mountain bike wheels are sourced from U.S. companies. To aid its Reshoring efforts, iRT invested in 3D printing for wheel hubs, which saved the company $100,000 over a two-year period, enabling it to compete in the competitive bicycle racing industry.
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Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a symphony orchestra. The famous conductor taps his baton, and the violins begin to play. Then the cellos and woodwinds join. The percussion adds tempo and depth to the sound and the trumpets brighten the mood. Together the sound is magnificent. Now imagine a factory floor full of machines that each have a different function and pace. When in sync, production flows efficiently…
Gambert Shirts has been operating in the US for 85 years and has experienced a significant amount of change. In 1965, 95% of the clothing sold in the USA was made in the USA. Today, that number is 4-5%. So how has Gambert survived?
At times, supply chain professionals are expediting everything from the smallest parts to finished products in order to meet market demand. Other times, supply chains need to be slowed in response to the same market forces. The speed needed in global supply chains varies as business requirements and supply chain strategies shift and change in response to supply and demand.
Baxter is differentiated from its competitors by being a “co-bot”. “Co-bots are designed to work alongside humans with quick programming for simple, repetitive manufacturing tasks. Baxter is designed to perform “human class and human scale tasks in a human environment”. This positioning allows Rethink to avoid direct competition with industrial robots on the market. Instead of replacing those bots, Baxter can complement and work side-by-side with them.
For many years, apparel and textile manufacturing was mostly located to Asia, Mexico and South America where labor costs were low. But that is no longer the case. With the popularization of fast fashion and customers’ constant demand for new and better items in a fraction of the time, companies are now considering reshoring.