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Supply Chain Problems — A Surprise?

The country is facing a continuous stream of forecasts of supply chain problems, even threatening Christmas!  Pictures of multiple ships at anchor waiting to offload massive loads of containers are everywhere.  We heard a Los Angeles port authority claiming they’ve just begun to activate one of the very many “switches’ needed to ramp up operations.  The Secretary of Transportation recently returned from 2 months of some sort of personal time off, but apparently no one… Read More


Rising energy prices: Troubled Waters for US Manufacturing

Cheap and abundant energy is a primary cornerstone of success for US manufacturing, and it’s being threatened. A recent Forbes article notes “ natural gas and power shortages [in Europe] are colliding with the onset of winter to drive energy prices to record highs”. Is this what’s in store for the US? If so, it’s not a good sign for us in manufacturing, let along the general population.   According to some reports, August consumer… Read More


Manufacturing Supply Chains Facing Historic Stress Levels

Manufacturing supply chains are under unprecedented strain. The new supply chain stress indicator from Oxford Economics reveals that the US economy is facing escalating supply-side challenges. The biggest source of stress is traffic congestion, but limited spare domestic production capacity, low inventories, sharply higher input costs, and labor shortages are making it increasingly difficult for supply to keep up with demand. In July, total oceanborne cargo volumes received at U.S. ports hit new highs, up… Read More


Reshoring Prototyping and Other Manufacturing Operations

An article from the Empire Group with this title appeared in January.  The central thought is that former decisions to outsource certain functions, such as prototyping and “other manufacturing operations” are good candidates for reshoring consideration. Proficient Sourcing LLC is a business that provides excellent performing candidates for OEMs’ outsourcing needs, so we could not agree more.  And there’s good reason for this reshoring in many cases.  As this article notes, “Even before the onset… Read More


Possible Supply Chain Help

Proficient Sourcing LLC  is in the business of providing supplier candidates for OEM’s looking to improve their supply chains of outsourced manufacturing.  Generally, our candidates are domestic and usually Midwest.  We cover almost all capabilities with shops who’ve demonstrated excellence in satisfying customers over many years.  Read on—maybe we can help your supply chain. This year we’ve expanded our capabilities for enhanced startup and new products, along with small parts manufacturing.  We are also exploring… Read More


Suppliers in SE Asia: May be better than China!

Proficient Sourcing LLC exists to help buyers improve supply chains.  We do this by offering proven candidates for OEM buyers’ outsourced manufacturing needs in almost any area.  Here’s just a partial listing of the capabilities we can provide. Almost all our supplier candidates are domestic, and most are midwestern.  In some cases there’s a need for outsourcing overseas, and we have limited answers for such things, other than foundry work in China.  And many things… Read More


Rare Earths – An Update

Rare earths, those 17 elements critical for many industries (defense, electronics, smart devices, etc) are a continuing global supply chain issue.  2 years ago we wrote an article, that summarized the situation as of mid-2019.  Now there’s more news. Both Trump and Biden administrations have made some noise to improve the US supply of these minerals.  Currently, China provides about 80% of worldwide rare earths.  Fortunately, several other countries are ramping up supply efforts, particularly… Read More


Reshoring: The Case Strengthens

Several important current news factors support reshoring manufacturing as a high priority for the US.  Among these factors are efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15, supply chain risks for critical items such as medical supplies, semiconductors, rare earths, and employment difficulties throughout the economy.  All these strengthen the case for a robust manufacturing sector.  So what to do? As we all know, for decades the private sector has shipped a great deal of… Read More


Recovering US Manufacturing Competitiveness

The March 25, 2021, article on Market Watch discusses how the US can regain it’s former position as the world’s most competitive manufacturer. The compelling thought is the US has the world’s primary position in scientific research and discovery, which should drive manufacturing innovation. Why, then, haven’t US manufacturers been able to translate that big advantage into a global competitive advantage? And why have countries such as Germany and China become so prosperous with inferior… Read More


Suppliers for New Products: We Changed Our Minds

Proficient Sourcing LLC exists to help OEM procurement.  In specific, we find prospects for manufacturing whatever the OEM needs.  While this is mostly machining and occasional plastic injection molding we also feature a wide variety of capabilities that are significantly less common.  With all the companies we recommend, all these “others” have a history of happy customers. We have excellent sources for several of these not-so-common capabilities, including metal spinning, one-off gears, powder metal parts,… Read More