Noted American Manufacturing Advocate Michele Nash-Hoff to Speak at the Southern California Design-2-Part Show

American manufacturing advocate Michele Nash-Hoff will present a seminar titled “Returning Manufacturing to America,” October 3, 2012 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. The one-hour presentation, running in conjunction with the Southern California Design-2-Part Show, will begin at 11:00 am and is free to all show attendees.

Ms. Nash-Hoff’s presentation will cover the hidden costs of doing business offshore and the problems companies have encountered that comprise a true understanding of the “Total Cost of Ownership” concept.  Michele will discuss the advantages of sourcing domestically and why offshoring may not always be the most cost-effective. A highlight of the presentation will be several real case success stories of companies that have returned work to the U.S. from offshore suppliers.

“Having Michele Nash-Hoff speak at our design and contract manufacturing show is a perfect fit,” said Jerry Schmidt, President of the Design-2-Part Shows. “Attendees can walk the show floor and find high-quality U.S. suppliers to solve their challenges and then Michele can show them how to justify keeping more of the work here.”

Michele Nash-Hoff is the author of the book, Can American Manufacturing Be Saved—Why We Should and How We Can. She has been a manufacturers’ rep for nearly 30 years helping companies select the right manufacturing processes for their new and existing products.  Michele has been president of the San Diego Electronics Network, the San Diego Chapter of the Electronics Representatives Association, and The High Technology Foundation. She is currently a director on the national board of the American Jobs Alliance and Chair of the California chapter of the Coalition for a Prosperous America.
Most recently, Ms. Hash-Hoff has been speaking on behalf of The Reshoring Initiative, a nonprofit, industry-led organization dedicated to bringing work back to the U.S. from overseas. The Initiative is achieving their goals by helping manufacturers recognize that local production or sourcing may actually reduce their TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of purchased parts and tooling. The Reshoring Initiative was founded by Mr. Harry Moser who was named to Industry Week magazine’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2010 for this work.

The Southern California Design-2-Part Show attracts thousands of design engineers, manufacturing engineers, managers, and buyers to meet local and national job shops and contract manufacturers to source custom parts, components, services, and design. With over 175 exhibiting companies, this year’s show will be D2P’s largest Long Beach Show ever.
The show in Long Beach is one of eleven Design-2-Part Shows that will take place in 2012 in major manufacturing hubs within the United States. As per show policy since inception over 35 years ago, D2P Shows exclusively feature job shops and contract manufacturers with manufacturing operations in the United States. Companies that do not have facilities in the U.S. are not permitted to exhibit.

Admission to the Nash-Hoff session and the Southern California Design-2-Part Show is free to qualified industry professionals. For more information or to register for the show, visit

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