US Economic Forecast – Coronavirus Spike

Given the recent spike in coronavirus cases, what’s the latest US economic forecast?  Cynics would note if you take a dozen economists in a room you’ll get a dozen different opinions.  This is probably more true in the highly partisan political climate, adding more confusion. So we listened to a video from ITR Economics, a non-partisan forecasting firm in New Hampshire that has a pretty good record of accuracy.  And the good news is ALL… Read More

Economic Forecast and Reshoring News

The next couple of years should be good growth years for the US, and us in OH.  A time for expansion and taking advantage of good times.  All the economic indicators they use are upward pointing even with an uncertain virus situation.  Reshoring into the US should continue, as this is the place to be for manufacturing! This is the headline from ITR Economics in a webinar we saw recently.  ITR is a firm that… Read More

Target Pricing: Good Idea to Share with Prospective Vendors?

Recently we introduced a potential supplier to an equipment OEM.  The OEM has several fairly large machine parts they want to source to new machining sources.  The desired vendor will be capable of handling thousand pound steel parts, which require complex machining operations.  Not quite 5-axis, but their parts have very intricate details. Typical machine shops do not have the quality infrastructure to be comfortable with such requirements or size, and since the OEM’s parts… Read More

Machining Capability-Much More than the Typical

High precision milling and turning!  ISO quality, large parts and ability to handle high volumes, or complicated one-off’s.  All available in a single source! Do your machining needs require more than the typical shop offers?  We have seen many requirements between the standard machining size work and the gigantic.  Thousand pound parts, for example, exceed the capabilities of many “normal” machine shops.  So if you have such a need, we have a shop with much… Read More

Prominent Article, but Bad Advice

A major business magazine recommends NOT answering RFQ’s.  What baloney!  We strongly disagree. Proficient Sourcing’s business involves responding to buyers seeking new manufacturing suppliers for custom parts or assemblies.  In most cases the buyer needs a NEW supplier because of any of several situations.  In these cases the buyer depends upon a responsible response to the inquiry, which is usually a drawing, sometimes with specs, and a request for quote. Amazingly, we found an Inc… Read More

Payment Terms – Fair or Large Company Arrogance?

Recently a major US corporation announced a new policy in order to “raise money for investment” in their operations by extending their payment terms to net 90 days. This was heralded by some news outlets as a wise maneuver, and would permit the corporation to invest in new facilities, buyback stock, or some other helpful things. We wonder helpful to who? How about the effect on their suppliers? Not mentioned! This giant company arbitrarily changed… Read More

The Supplier You Need We Can Probably Find–FAST

Proficient Sourcing has a varied and extensive network of experienced and capable job shop suppliers.  You can find a list of our capabilities here. Our claim to fame, in addition to having candidates at the ready is that we can find suppliers FAST.  Here are just a few examples of possible supplier candidates that were NOT in our network at the time. A Texas OEM needed a neighboring supplier for custom aluminum extrusions.  In a… Read More

The Pandemic’s Effect on Manufacturing

Design2Part is a useful organization that sponsors trade shows for small manufacturers, and is an excellent place to find candidates for your outsourcing needs. We have attended several of these shows and have found excellent additions to our network. There is also a quarterly magazine that contains thoughtful articles dealing with different manufacturing interests The August 2020 edition of Design2Part Magazine had a valuable article recounting interviews with several manufacturing and supply chain experts. The… Read More

Custom Pressure Vessels

We visited our primary source for custom pressure vessels, and were re-impressed. We learned many chemical companies employ engineering consulting firms to source custom pressure vessels, reactors and distillation towers. If your company needs chemical processing equipment, perhaps we can save you lots of time and money. Our primary custom pressure vessel manufacturer has been serving customers in need of vessels for chemical processes mostly in the midwest for over 60 years. Reach Out to… Read More

Why Call Proficient Sourcing?

Over the past few months we have had several complex projects. These projects involved are why procurement professionals or project managers to call Proficient Sourcing seeking solutions to their problems. A specific supplier was desired. We were able to quickly provide credible candidates. In every case the project is proceeding and on schedule. The reason this happens is Proficient Sourcing has a very broad and diverse network of supplier job shops. Not only do these… Read More