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Manufacturing Reshoring

Manufacturing reshoring is an additional focus area we are exploring to be able to share market insights with businesses and communities in Kansas. Through research and exploration Innovate Kansas seeks to analyze industry trends and explore manufacturing reshoring news, as the industry offers much opportunity for businesses. We hope to provide information on how to bring high-paying manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., and reconnect the means of production to means of development in Kansas.

July 15, 2013

Manufacturing Reshoring in Kansas City

In the News A January 2012 article titled ‘Reshoring’ gains momentum with U.S., KC manufacturers discusses the sourcing decision local manufacturers are making. Changing economic factors like rising Chinese wages, currency fluctuations, and the need for shorter supply chains are leading manufacturers to return production to the U.S. Nathan Goodpasture, the director of business development […]

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April 4, 2013

Reshoring Project Q&A

Advanced Manufacturing Reshoring Strategy Development Project Why are we doing this project now? As the global economy changes, the conditions that once made it profitable to manufacture products overseas are disappearing. Companies understand the total costs of offshoring (logistics, quality issues, customer access, etc.) possibly outweigh narrowing differences in labor costs. These businesses are likely […]

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April 4, 2013

Visualization of Our Reshoring Project

The graphic above provides an overview of the Advanced Manufacturing Reshoring Strategy Development Project. For more information, visit: twsproject17.org. Project Map The graphic shows the various components of the project, how they relate and provides input to the formation of the Manufacturing Reshoring Strategy. The process of strategy formulation will start with analysis of what […]

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February 14, 2013

Obama’s Focus: Manufacturing

In case you missed it, one focus of President Obama’s State of the Union speech was on attracting manufacturing jobs to the U.S. He referred to the reshoring efforts of Caterpillar, Ford, and also Apple-who will begin making a line of Mac computers stateside. The President also spoke about manufacturing innovation institutes and hubs in […]

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January 25, 2013

Moser: “You can bring anything back to Kansas”

In an article (paywall) in Crain’s Cleveland Business, Harry Moser from the Reshoring Initiative discusses what what one company’s surprising reshoring success experience indicates for others in the manufacturing industry.  Rising labor costs in China and higher energy costs are causing many to reconsider their sourcing decisions.  With the advantages of shorter supply chains, minimizing […]

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December 4, 2012

Reshoring: The Atlantic’s Latest Cover Story

The Insourcing Boom details the emerging reshoring trend.  It draws from the GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s HBR: The CEO of General Electric on Sparking an American Manufacturing Renewal commitment to reshoring and the revitalization of  its Louisville, KY Appliance Park.  Included also are other industry examples and trends that are reshoring manufacturing. The article lists […]

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August 10, 2012

New Pathways to Boost Manufacturing

Deloitte as a part of their series on making America stronger, recently released a new report titled Manufacturing Opportunity: How America can regain global leadership in manufacturing. The report lists four pathways that could help American Manufacturing explore new opportunties and increase manufacturing employment. The first pathway lies in advanced technologies and innovation. The second pathway is enhancing talent. The third pathway to greater competitiveness is […]

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August 1, 2012

Role During and After Natural Disasters

The Alliance for American Manufacturing released a report recently “Preparing for the 21st century: Revitalizing American Manufacturing to Protect, Respond and Recover” focused on the idea of the role played by manufacturing sector in protection, response and recovery in event of natural disasters. Revitalizing America’s domestic manufacturing capacity must become a clear and urgent national priority at all levels of government and among industry leaders. The future vitality […]

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July 19, 2012

Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report earlier this week titled Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing. The report was prepared by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee. Advanced manufacturing is not limited to emerging technologies; rather, it is composed of efficient, productive, highly integrated, tightly controlled processes across a spectrum […]

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February 21, 2012

Just How Important is Manufacturing?

New article from the Harvard Business Review acknowledges that manufacturing might actually be important for innovation. There is a great deal of what might be hype around re-shoring and the revitalization of manufacturing. While bringing back factories is great, the real boon comes in the chance to relink the engineers, designers, and management to the actual […]

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