U.S. Reshored Jobs Rising — But What Will 2017 Bring?

U.S. Reshored Jobs Rising — But What Will 2017 Bring?

Jun 2, 2017

By Taras Berezowsky, Metal Miner Looks like the tide has finally turned. Extending that metaphor is easier now than it’s ever been for us writing on this topic: the reshoring of American manufacturing from abroad — and specifically, the net gains in jobs that we’ve been seeing in 2016 and early 2017 as compared with the trends in the early 2000s. (I envision the emigrating jobs huddled together for warmth on a seaworthy vessel, with Shanghai getting smaller in the distance as the Pacific waves toss the boat ever closer toward Long Beach… if only it were that poetic.) Back to reality. The Reshoring Initiative has just released its 2016 Data Report, and the numbers seem to tell a rosy story. According to the report press release, “in comparison to 2000-2003, when the United States lost, net, about 220,000 manufacturing jobs per year to offshoring, 2016 achieved a net gain of 27,000.” “The numbers demonstrate that reshoring and FDI are important contributing factors to the country’s rebounding manufacturing sector,” the release concluded. But of course, it’s not that easy. Major policy changes will have to be made or improved to continue the reshoring trend (which is still in its early stages), according to Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative. In a way, the U.S. should aspire to host conditions like those in Germany, Moser told me, including a supportive government, VAT, low healthcare costs, and an appreciation of the benefit of local sourcing. “Germany has a huge trade surplus and manufacturing at about 20% of employment,” Moser said, “and [the U.S. has] a huge trade deficit and manufacturing at about 10%.” RELATED: We chatted with Moser in a video interview a few years ago when the latest results within the trend were gaining steam (below). The Good News for U.S. Metals Jobs According to the full report, in 2016, fabricated metals had a good showing with the fourth-most reshored jobs by industry category. Also, primary metals moved ahead of non-metallic minerals: Good to see that toys and hobbies industry jobs are coming back… but not nearly as quickly. The “Good/Bad/Who Knows” News for U.S. Metals Jobs One aspect of our new economy that’s...

Made in America – Da/Pro Rubber, Inc.

Made in America – Da/Pro Rubber, Inc.

May 26, 2017

Meet another quality supplier at the Design-2-Part Contract Manufacturing Show. Need rubber or silicone components? This company showed us that they control the process right down to making their own materials in house, now that’s control. The are worth watching and they are a preferred supplier of a Design-2-Part show. Da/Pro Rubber, Inc. is a leading custom manufacturer of precision rubber, TPE and plastic molding products since 1960. The proprietary Da/Pro Process automatically adjusts for rubber compound and rubber part configuration variables. The result is repeatability of precision high tolerance parts of consistent quality in production quantities minimizing the need for secondary deflashing operations. Da/Pro strives for world-class customer service by offering complete in-house capabilities from design assistance for the moldability of the component, rubber compound development, laboratory testing, mold construction, sub-assembly and full service quality assurance. Da/Pro’s precision molded rubber capabilities also include our class 10,000 clean room for molding health care and other precision molded rubber parts requiring special handling. Injection Molding Services Injection Molding Silicone Injection Molding Benefits Compression Molding Process Transfer Molding Process Plastic Injection Molding Comparison of Processes Micro Molding Da/Pro Processes – Custom compression rubber molding and transfer rubber molding consists of an automatically controlled rubber molding machine developed by Da/Pro Rubber. The custom molding complex is designed to adjust for compound or part configuration variables. The molding process is computer-controlled and monitored to maintain consistent molding conditions, thereby assuring duplication of product throughout the molding cycles. Da/Pro is well known for high precision, close tolerance custom molding services and can manufacture liquid injection molding (LIM) to these same demanding standards. Compression molding and LIM services are available in their class 10,000 clean room. 15 Malcolm Hoyt Dr, Newburyport, MA 01950 daprorubber.com (978) 463-8984...

Four ways to build 21st century infrastructure

Four ways to build 21st century infrastructure

May 22, 2017

By Judy Marks, CEO, Siemens USA American infrastructure might have received its second-straight D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers, but at least we’re getting closer to significant momentum and action. With President Trump, members of Congress, and three out of four citizens endorsing new infrastructure investment, now it’s a question of when, not if, the country will launch a new era of transformational projects. Part of the solution will be finding a way to pay for these projects. This Infrastructure Week, we have a responsibility to also focus on the overall approach. How should we prioritize investments? How will 21st century infrastructure differentiate itself from the great, yet aging, systems built during the 20th? How we will continue raising the bar for our infrastructure’s safety, effectiveness and sustainability in a country that will shortly reorganize itself into 11 growing mega-regions, add 70 million more people and move 40 percent more freight? Four principles should guide our overall approach. American infrastructure needs extend beyond aging roads and bridges. Our energy grid has assets that were installed more than a century ago. It’s old, and it’s still largely pre-digital. This is why the grid both struggles to incorporate renewable fuels as they become cost competitive to fossil resources and still remains vulnerable to severe weather. In U.S. manufacturing the average age of factory equipment is older than at any time since the Great Depression. Meanwhile, aging buildings and water systems continue to over-consume energy. We need to build infrastructure that is not only newer, but that is smarter. The digital transformation of infrastructure presents a tremendous opportunity to improve each system’s overall performance. Operators of digital infrastructure get alerted when a system is failing, not when it has failed. They can make decisions – from allocating power supplies to managing rush-hour traffic – that are based on real-time demand rather than perceived. These aren’t just concepts of innovations. They are here, and they are working today. In California, a Native American reservation is using software to manage a microgrid that keeps power flowing when they’re affected by landslides. It’s also predicted to save the reservation $200,000 per year in energy costs and 150 tons of CO2...

Made in America – Arctronics

Made in America – Arctronics

May 19, 2017

A great soucre for custom electronics. Printed Circuit boards, Cables, Harnesses and box builds, Arc-tronics knows how to make great components for less with US quality. Since 1972, Arc-Tronics has been providing streamlined solutions for electronic manufacturing services in the industrial, medical, space and defense industries. They are experts in all aspects of production and assembly of printed circuit boards, cable and harnesses, box builds and more. All employees are trained to J-STD-001 standards. All assemblies are built to IPC 610 or 620 Class II or III standards depending on customer requirements. Their customers maintain ownership of custom engineering technology including patents. State-of-the-art equipment ensures the quality of products, from prototypes to production runs, manufactured to exact specifications. Arc-Tronics offers complete technical support on your projects. The in-depth experience of our engineering group is a critical asset for our customers. They are specialists in a broad range of applications, including advanced electronic system design and CAD printed circuit board layout. Their diverse capabilities and expertise assure the fast turnaround of pre-production units and engineering prototypes. Arc-Tronics, Inc. 1150 Pagni Drive Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 P:847.437.0211 F: 847.437.0181...

Middle America feels left behind. Can the tech community help?

Middle America feels left behind. Can the tech community help?

May 18, 2017

By Caroline Fairchild, Senior Editor, Technology and Startups at LinkedIn Like so many things in business, the numbers speak for themselves. In 2016, venture capitalists invested nearly $70 billion across 8,000 U.S. startups. But close to 80% of that capital went to founders in just three states: California, New York and Massachusetts. This is a reality that, until recently, the tech community mostly accepted. A vast majority of the biggest venture capital firms in the country are in these coastal states, so it makes sense that investors are backing companies started in their own backyards. But then, something happened that made investors, founders and tech execs alike feel like they had to get out of their own bubbles: Donald Trump was elected president. In that moment, shellshocked leaders across tech started to think about how they could get back in touch with regions outside of the major metropolitan areas on the coasts. Only 50% of those born in 1980 or later will make more than their parents, new research shows. Trump’s election tapped into the angst about jobs disappearing and what people across the country consider to be unfair competition driven by technology. Leaders in the industry now want to see — and solve — this problem firsthand. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a tour across America to meet with families and workers in places like Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Blanchardville, Wisconsin. Y Combinator Founder Sam Altman went on a listening tour to speak with Trump’s supporters around the country. And now, investors have started to speak publicly about how they can diversify their portfolio to include founders solving problems for users outside of major city centers. Despite all this activity, the numbers have barely moved: In the first quarter of 2017, more than two-thirds of the $13.9 billion in venture capital deployed to startups went to founders in California, New York and Massachusetts, according to data from PwC and CBInsights. In this episode of Work In Progress, Chip Cutter and I explore what this concentration of capital means for business owners who aren’t based on the coasts. Steve Case, the CEO and chairman of Revolution, a venture capital firm based in Washington...