Reshoring

Data Presentations: Beware Of What You See

Many years ago we found a 1954 publication, How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff. There were a number of useful thoughts in this book, which was an introductory presentation of how to use, and abuse, statistical data.  This ssubject is important enough to warrant another article.  All of us are subject to statistical presentations that may tell a distorted story.  Beware! If you are at all attentive to graphs, charts, and related presentations you are… Read More


Labor Shortage Solutions – Out of the Box!

Just about every day we hear news of labor shortages in this business or that business, and seemingly everywhere. Is there a retail business or fast food restaurant, or any restaurant for that matter, that’s not seeking employees? There are some unorthodox steps available to some businesses, and many of these are things we have direct experience in times past. Some were quite successful! When we attended a retirement party at a very large corporation,… Read More


Chips for United States

Big current news stories summarize nicely the economic effect caused by semiconductor chip shortages.  The big stories were car prices skyrocket and Intel, once the world’s #1 chip producer, is building an enormous chip factory near Columbus, OH.  Here’s the Reuters story on that: Jan 21 (Reuters) – “Intel Corp said on Friday it would invest up to $100 billion to build potentially the world’s largest chip-making complex in Ohio, looking to boost capacity as… 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


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


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


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


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