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...

Fall Trade Shows Highlight New Technologies and Reshoring Initiative

By: Michele Nash-Hoff, Can American Manufacturing Be Saved? The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2012 was held last week (September 10-15, 2012), in Chicago, IL. IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, averaging 1,800 exhibitors and more than 80,000 visitors. The event is held every two years in September at McCormick Place in Chicago. With more than 1.2 million square feet of exhibiting space, the attendees have access to more than 13 miles of aisles showcasing all of the latest technology trends that will be driving the industry through the next decade. New technologies such as additive manufacturing and “cloud technology” were featured at the 29th IMTS as manufacturers pursue new capabilities and efficiency. Plant Engineering reported, “The 2012 event brought manufacturers from all over the world to Chicago’s McCormick Place for the biannual event. The four halls were filled with manufacturers looking for innovations in machine tools, electrical systems, robotics and, for the first time at IMTS, a pavilion devoted to industrial automation.” The 2012 IMTS was the most successful manufacturing show in the U.S. in more than a decade. The more than 100,000 attendees topped 2010 figures by almost 20%. Prior to the show, Douglas Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, which sponsored the event, said, “The tens of thousands of attendees who will descend upon Chicago in September for the five-day show are coming because they are looking for production solutions to help maintain that momentum. They want to buy this stuff and put it on their factory floors here in the United States. These people are positive and excited about increasing their manufacturing capabilities.” The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members-those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Besides owing and managing IMTS, AMT engages the federal government in support of public policy consistent with AMT’s Manufacturing Mandate priorities, business consulting services, and networking events. The show started with an Opening Ceremony on Monday, September 10th with a special appearance from Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank along with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Douglas Woods, President...