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 •  August 7

For the first time in decades, more manufacturing jobs are returning to the United States than are going offshore. The reshoring trend is at record levels, and I need your help to drive more growth! We need companies to document their actions and do the math while we work to achieve needed policy changes. Here’s an update on reshoring and actions...

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 •  June 7

Use the Total Cost of Ownership Estimator (TCO) to make a strong case when selling against offshore competitors! Sixty percent of companies make sourcing decisions based on rudimentary metrics, such as wage rate, ex-works price or landed cost, often resulting in a 15 to 30 percent understatement of actual offshoring costs. The TCO Estimator is a...

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 •  April 11

In my December column, I discussed how total cost of ownership (TCO) can reveal the hidden costs of offshoring and determine the real profit and loss impact of reshoring and offshoring. Now, we will continue our in-depth look at the Reshoring Initiative’s Total Cost of Ownership Estimator—its benefits, who should use it, and why. Placing a real...

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 •  October 5, 2016

In our last column, we identified national policies that will help bring manufacturing back from offshore, thereby improving the country’s economy, employment and budget deficit. Now, we would like to discuss how your company can use free resources from the Reshoring Initiative, including the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Estimator, to more...

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 •  September 7, 2016

Creative thinking led to the development of this carousel system to help workers pick parts in a kitting application. "Creative" and “lean.” Do those words go together? I have been a lean practitioner for more than 20 years, and I’ve never heard the phrase “creative lean.” But don’t we love those creative solutions? Don’t we get excited when an...

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 •  July 1, 2016

This past January, DeWys Manufacturing purchased a model B-310 orbital riveter to create hinge joints in furniture, medical equipment and other products. Photo courtesy Orbitform LLC Lean manufacturing was not a concern for Mark DeWys in 1977 when he founded DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Grand Rapids, MI. The focus of his one-man shop back then was...

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 •  June 3, 2016

My first column talked about why manufacturing matters most for our country. This month, I want to discuss how chasing cheap prices is not only hollowing out domestic manufacturing but, in many cases, it’s making the companies that offshore less profitable. For decades, consultants and MBAs have told companies to focus on their core...

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 •  April 7, 2016

It is too little and too late to keep writing “manufacturing matters.” Everything else in the economy is secondary to manufacturing, mining and farming. Only these activities build wealth. In contrast, service activities consume wealth. Each time money changes hands in the consumer, service and government segments, a significant portion of wealth...