Reshoring, the process of American firms bringing their manufacturing capacity back to this country from overseas, is a very exciting emerging phenomenon. Karen Kane has brought back a substantial chunk of their apparel manufacturing from Asia over the last few years. Manufacturers whose products run the gamut from baseball bats to breast pumps are bringing production back home. A recent article in Wired magazine described how a great number of computer component manufacturers are moving their production back from China. The pied piper of reshoring is retired machine tools salesman and executive Harry Moser.
Moser estimates reshoring is in the $50 billion a year ballpark, growing at 10% to 20% a year. Moser has a great website that supports his “Reshore Initiative”.
The true prodigal son of reshoring would of course be Apple, but I wouldn’t bet on any return to these shores anytime soon. And why would they since things are going so swimmingly for them in China?
Finally, a firm that has reshored its manufacturing to this country, but I can’t even get too upset given where they used to manufacture their products. I am talking about School House. School House makes collegiate clothing right here in the States. Sadly they do not make collegiate clothing for my alma mater the University of Washington. But they make cool T-shirts
and ahem, even boxers
The reason I am not at all pissed at School House for their initial decision to not make their clothes in this country is where they were making them. That would be in Sri Lanka where they helped some very poor people get a production facility going so that they could pull themselves up out of poverty. Sounds a lot like Apple and Foxconn doesn’t it? Actually it isn’t much like that at all.