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Biden’s Manufacturing Plan Is $700 Billion Worth of Protectionism

Thought provoking beginning to Reason magazine’s 2/21/21 article Biden’s “Manufacturing Plan is $700 Billion Worth of Protectionism”: “A seemingly effective way for politicians to justify our need for their services is to fabricate or exaggerate a problem, promise to fix said problem with a new program or lots of spending, and then claim victory in the form of public acclaim and reelection.” “President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan would appear a good example of… Read More


Target Price: To Provide Or Not To Provide?

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. This means a complex quoting procedure, and perhaps if the OEM would provide some sort of cost parameters it would help avoid… Read More


One Stop Shop: Prototype to Production of Smaller Parts

We have a shop that has a fabulous array of capabilities for small parts and assembly shells that accommodate smaller pieces. We know of no shop with a more extensive list of capabilities—if you need a highly precise metal item (or plastic injection molded) of almost any sort that’s under a 24” cube, it’s very likely our shop can handle the job with great skill, including relatively hard to find metallic 3D printing, forging, coatings,… Read More


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Chapter 2

A great deal of the current administration’s spending seems to be directed to increasing jobs in America. Whether green energy or infrastructure, what’s made the news usually includes some reference to new job creation. Is this credible? Can the federal government make a meaningful contribution to the country’s employment, and if so, where and how? One thing for sure is subsidies for some businesses will surely create new jobs. The emphasis on green energy in… Read More


Help Wanted? Right!

Jobs, jobs, jobs are frequently in the news these days, as the feds consider their various spending propositions. Since the last go-around of “shovel ready” projects apparently discovered most shovels were MIA, we wonder if all this jobs talk will be an economic boon or something else. At the present time we see rapidly rising fuel, metals and lumber costs, a transition to open businesses up after a lengthy restrictive period for covid, and some… Read More


When To Call Proficient Sourcing

You call Proficient Sourcing when need a new/replacement supplier to make tanks, parts or assemblies, especially if your requirement is for something large. Over the past few months we have had several complex projects. These projects involved procurement professionals or project managers contacting us seeking solutions. A specific supplier capability 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… Read More


Need a Outsourced Manufacturing Supplier? A Few Tips

We have had a great deal of experience with RFQ’s and resulting quotes during our 10 years of working to help buyers find excellent suppliers.  Most of the time the primary issue is price, but there are often many other important factors. This is an article we wrote years ago from a source unfortunately lost to history. Obviously the conditions around an OEM procurement professional seeking a supplier can run the gamut from simply trying… Read More


Lousy Suppliers? A Remedy

The January-February edition of Professional Purchasing’s lead article is “Avoiding Scams and Dishonest Suppliers”   We at Proficient Sourcing provide supplier candidates to those seeking improvements in their supply chain or need someone new for outsourced manufacturing, so this was a wonderfully appropriate article. Among the many issues raised in this article are count errors, invoice prices not matching purchase orders, product count listed on packaging not matching what’s inside, and weights listed in “error”. These… Read More


Concerns: Outsourced Manufacturing for New Products

Proficient Sourcing recommends potential suppliers to buyers interested in improving their supply chains.  On occasion we have been contacted to help source the manufacture of some or all of a new product. This starts a chain of events where problems lurk at every turn.  Most of the new products fail; very few result in home runs.  Yet, the possibility exists to attract the job shop willing to take a chance.  There are some in our… Read More


3 rules for job shops to follow to avoid unprofitable work

Job Shop Work;  Things to Avoid!   Job shops are caught between a rock and hard place when considering RFQ’s.  On the one hand, you can’t win if you don’t bid.  On the other hand, winning might be a fatal error and great losses might occur. In general, the danger areas are these.  First, when bidding on work, consider whether or not you have the capacity to do the future work that might happen. You… Read More