Manufacturing

Energy: A Manufacturing Foundation

Cheap, reliable, handy, and abundant energy has provided a robust competitive advantage for US manufacturing. Over the past couple of years, Congress and the administration now seem driven to promote an emissions free plan. Are initiatives like the Green New Deal helpful overall? We think it’s clear that manufacturing is a highly desirable feature of our country and should be encouraged. As a result, all of us interested in a good manufacturing future in the… Read More


Stuck in a Time Warp?

  In 2014—nearly 8 years ago—we wrote the article below.  It appears the cited article’s website origin is something different now, but overall it seems nothing has really changed.  Do our leaders understand how to help manufacturing? The Manufacturing Institute continues to promote the workforce, and there’s even an Iowa workshop in February to examine how to increase women in manufacturing:  “Join us for a free, in-person STEP Forward networking event focused on how we… Read More


Labor Shortages – Does Anyone Know Why?

Lots of articles and interviews have addressed the subject of US labor shortages, and many causes have been put forward.  But we wonder if any of these make any sense to those of us interested in manufacturing. For the past year or more the shops we know have complained about finding qualified workers, despite paying pretty good wages and benefits.  Since they’re small shops (usually less than $20M annual sales) they don’t compete with the… Read More


Reshoring Your Steel Castings!

With all the obvious supply chain issues at present, and container costs rising by the day, perhaps you should consider reshoring steel castings. We feature a domestic foundry source that’s a specialist supplier of heavy-sectioned, finished steel castings.   This includes mild and alloyed castings ranging from 1000 to 70,000 pounds.  If your interest is tool and/or stainless-steel castings from 500-30,000 pounds, this is the domestic source for your consideration. In addition, this source also features… Read More


Energy Policy — What’s Going On These Days?

At Proficient Sourcing we are always interested in the subject of energy.  Cheap, reliable and abundant energy is vital to manufacturing in the US, and represents one of the primary competitive advantages we have to encourage reshoring.  But current events are unusual enough to jeopardize US energy advantages. Interestingly, 2021 will see the first increase in coal fired power generation in the US in several years, per the Energy Information Agency.  The primary reason is the… Read More


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


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