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Quality & Value Still Matter – Even In Commodity Manufacturing

Reshoring commodity manufacturing can and does make sense

“Now Main Street’s whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more
They’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys & they ain’t coming back to your hometown.”
My Hometown, Bruce Springsteen, 1984

To me, there’re are few things worse than listening to academics and bean-counters pontificating on the proposition that low-tolerance, high-volume manufacturing has left the US, and won’t – shouldn’t – come back.

As this seductive argument goes, we’ve evolved beyond manufacturing cupie dolls & sweat socks and those things SHOULD be made ‘over there.’ Because US citizens generally won’t pay for quality. Because those jobs making commodity products don’t pay a decent wage. Because we should ONLY be making technically innovative parts, assemblies & products.

Because we’re above it all now.

What a load of horse hockey …

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