By: Jim Vinoski
There’s been a tremendous resurgence of support for American manufacturing and made-in-America goods these past few years. While many people think manufacturing jobs have been in decline, they’ve actually increased steadily most of the past decade.
While most current headlines about this rejuvenation center on the Trump administration’s tariffs and efforts to rework existing trade agreements more favorably for U.S. producers, there are a number of other factors driving the continuing strength of domestic manufacturing. The reshoring movement is one that’s been underway for years, and has ridden the rapid increase in labor and production costs in previously popular offshore production countries such as China. It’s also been driven by concerns about potentially devastating supply chain disruptions after disasters like the Japanese tsunami in 2011.
There’s also a renewed focus by many companies on the advantages of domestic manufacturing over outsourcing production to other countries.