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June 2013

Learnings from the ReShoring Summit

Back in March, I was a sponsor of the Re-shoring Summit in Cleveland, OH.  Reshoring is when companies bring manufacturing that they have off-shored back to the United States.  Manufacturing has been in decline in the United states going from 22% of non-farm payroll in 1977 to just 9% of non-farm payroll in 2012 in part due to off-shoring and factory automation.  Below are some of the learnings from the Re-shoring Summit.


“Companies are beginning to realize that having offshored much of their manufacturing and supply operations away from their demand locations, they hurt their ability to meet their customer’s expectations”, from Accenture 2011.


Drivers of Reshoring:

  • Labor costs abroad
  • Energy Costs
  • Currency Exchange
  • Shipping Time
  • Proximity Advantages
  • Relationship of Manufacturing to Overall Economy
  • Increasing Awareness of Risks

Barriers to Reshoring:

  • Domestic labor cost
  • Tax Structure
  • Infrastructure
  • Skilled labor

Industries with Increased Reshoring Movement:

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Industrial Parts and Equipment
  • Electronic Manufacturing
  • Medical and Surgical Supplies

In particular, manufacturing operations in the Midwest, will see increased Reshoring activity because of low energy costs and other regional advantages.  “Our economy will experience a sustainable competitive advantage in manufacturing over the next several decades as a result of low energy prices created by the abundant natural resources in our region (OH-PA-WV) by Steve Adelkoff of Renewable Manufacturing Gateway.


Bottom line, if you are a US Manufacturer, there are enormous opportunities to grow your operation due to overall costs and location of customers making you more globally competitive, however, you have to make sure you have optimized your production by:

  1. Standardizing the components in your products
  2. Systematizing the processes for production
  3. Better Leveraging Your Engineering Workforce for Improved Productivity and Profitability
  4. Building a System to deliver Mass Customized Products with near Mass Production Efficiency

These are all things we help manufacturing organizations achieve.  Feel free to read my book – The Consumer’s Workshop: The Future of American Manufacturing  and let us know how we can help you achieve these objectives.


Ben Moore
Agent Technologies, Inc.


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Manufacturing Statistics 
1) Industrial production increased 0.4% in March 2013.  Manufacturing production decreased 0.1% in March 2013. Source: Federal Reserve Board
2) Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 165,000 in April 2013.  Manufacturing employment remained unchanged. Unemployment rate remained at 7.5% nationally. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
3) Manufacturing Trade Deficit decreased to $38.8 billion in March 2013 on exports of $184.3 billion and imports of $223.1 billion.  Sources: Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis
4) New orders for durable manufactured goods in March 2013 decreased $13.1 billion or 5.7% to 216.3 billion.  Source: Census Bureau
5) Inventories of manufactured durable goods in March 2013 increased $0.3 billion or 0.1% to $377.2 billion.  Source: Census Bureau

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