What Makes an Awesome Metal Fabricator No matter how awesome a metal fabricator may be, they’re not a good fit if they can’t meet your needs. Everything else is secondary, no matter how next-gen their machines may be. When you’re researching metal fabricators, keep the following in mind. Wide Range of Materials To be honest, they don’t … Continue reading What Makes a Metal Fabricator Right for You?
Does your current metal fabrication plan fit into your ideal supply chain? Or do they stretch it out so it looks like a particularly overcooked noodle? Here are some words that describe spaghetti noodles that you should never use to describe your supply chain: -Long -Flimsy -Unintelligent -Disorderly -Unscalable -Usually a mushy failure Unfortunately, metal fabrication can easily make your supply chain all … Continue reading How Can Metal Fabrication Fit Your Dream Supply Chain?
Although the manufacturing industry took a nosedive at the turn of the century, the outlook has been positive over the last few years. In 2013, fabricated metals were the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry. 12% of all manufacturing employees in the U.S. are employed in this industry. Fabricated metal shipments totaled $345.1 billion. In 2014, … Continue reading American Metal Manufacturing: Growth, Trends in 2016 and Beyond
The Tappan Zee Bridge, which spans the Hudson River between Rockland and Westchester Counties, is one of the state’s most impressive works of infrastructure. It’s also one of the most highly trafficked Hudson River bridges, and the most impressive. However, it’s also very old and its integrity, traffic jams, and other issues have forced the state … Continue reading 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Longest Bridge in New York
Why do so many companies ignore the supply chain risks of outsourcing? Similar to the figure above, an entire 100% of supply chain executives acknowledged that insurance is a highly effective tool for mitigating risks, yet it wasn’t even on their radar as an option. (Global Supply Chain Institute) Supply chain risks need to be … Continue reading How American Manufacturing Can Eliminate Supply Chain Risks
American manufacturing is certainly underappreciated. Even today, with U.S. energy costs falling and foreign wages rising, there are those who say onshoring and reshoring are efforts in futility. In reality, American manufacturing is making a comeback. Huge corporations such as GE, Whirlpool, Google, and Walmart are moving their manufacturing back home. Why? First, because studies … Continue reading Shoring & Reshoring: American Manufacturing & Total Cost of Ownership
It can be tempting to outsource your supply chain: extremely cheap labor and production costs are incredibly enticing. But, unless your product is intended for an overseas consumer base, those are the only benefits you’ll receive. The numerous hidden costs that can creep up on your business far outweigh those potential savings. In fact, once the total … Continue reading 4 Crucial Benefits of a Local Supply Chain for American Companies
Offshoring is a bigger problem than you might think. We’re not talking local economies or human rights, though those are certainly important; we’re saying offshoring is detrimental to your own company. Many business owners are unaware of the hidden costs associated with offshoring their manufacturing. Most are still focused on unit prices rather than the … Continue reading 13 Surprising Reshoring Statistics for American Manufacturers
Shoring discussions and choices involve more than just hourly rates and shipping costs. It’s pertinent to discuss the pros and cons that accompany each option. So, what are the “shoring” options for modern American businesses? Onshoring Onshoring means you’re working with a vendor within the same country where the goods are being consumed. Presumably, for American companies, this means … Continue reading Reshoring, Onshoring, Offshoring? Choosing the Right Shore for Your Company