Commentary

‘Re-shoring’ made in America: encouraging trend

Neighbor Grover sez when chemists die, they barium.

R eceived a neat publication the other day from the San

Antonio Manufacturers Association which contained a very encouraging article about “Re-shoring.”

It was written by Doug Carlberg, founder and CEO of M2 Globa l, who ex pla i ned t hat “re-shoring” is the repatriation of manufacturing to America from offshore. He notes this trend has actually been growing for about three years.

“For several decades,” Carlberg writes, “factories (and the manufacturing jobs that go with them) had been moving abroad to countries where labor and materials were cheaper.”

Around here, Alcoa certainly comes to mind with its vast investments to smelt aluminum in Iceland and Saudi Arabia, resulting in idled or curtailed U.S. smelters, including Rockdale.

“But,” Carlberg continues, “this trend has been reversing, as companies are building new factories in the U.S. or updating and reopening existing factories. The movement of manufacturing out of the U.S. was called off-shoring, which is the basis for the term ‘re-shoring’ to describe the current phenomenon.”

American companies began producing goods abroad because the costs of materials and labor were lower.

“Due to changes in the global marketplace and the difficulties involved in doing business from a great distance, these advantages are vanishing,” Carlberg believes. “Prices have increased in almost every facet of manufacturing including raw materials, transportation and labor. Low or inconsistent product quality also has compromised companies’ profits.”

And another point, he says, is that the U.S. government is offering financial incentives (such as tax breaks) for companies that do business in America.

Encouraging words, indeed.

—bc—

Home security devices are constantly evolving, a good thing. So a lady down at the library sent me the following information on...

How to Install a Southern

Home Security System

1. Go to Goodwill and buy a pair of size 14-16 men’s work boots.

2. Place them on your front porch, along with a copy of Guns & Ammo magazine.

3. Put four giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazine.

4. Leave a note on your door that says:

Bubba,

Me and Marcel, Donnie Ray and Jimmy Earl went for more ammo and beer. Be back in an hour. Don’t mess with the pit bulls. They got the freight delivery man this morning and messed him up bad. I don’t think Killer took part, but it was hard to tell from all the blood. Anyway, I locked all four of ‘em in the house. Better wait outside. Be right back.

Cooter

—bc—

Sounds like a plan. Be secure, all you good Reporter buddies.

bill@rockdalereporter.com


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