Re-shoring: real, or hype?
Monday, December 17, 2012
Is the United States manufacturing sector experiencing a renaissance thanks to re-shoring, as OEMs bring work back from China?
One manufacturing expert doesn't think so, and the data seems to be on his side.
Alan Tonelson of the US Business & Industry Council has responded to two recent articles from The Atlantic that touted the re-shoring trend, "The Insourcing Boom" by Charles Fishman and "Mr. China Comes to America" by James Fallows.
Before we get to Tonelson's criticism, let me say that both Atlantic stories are excellent, and should be required reading for U.S. manufacturing executives. They're not really new to Plastics News or Plastics Blog readers. We've been writing for years about re-shoring, modern supply chain problems, and how North American factories have managed to become more competitive.Click here to read the article...