Onshoring

Onshoring may not be the counter-argument to offshoring, particularly since most of the cases are just KEEPING work in the US when it could have moved overseas. That’s not really onshoring, it’s just preventing offshoring. This article from The Manufacturer talks about companies doing just that. The article is called Inshoring.

One of the companies featured is Flinchbaugh Engineering, Inc. and their President, Mike Lehman who states “Through our lean process, we make [lines] more effective.” He describes a little of what that means:

The lament goes, “we want to make it here, but it’s too expensive!” Enter business development councils and contract manufacturers, who keep production in the US and offer cost savings at the same time. “Manufacturing is alive and well in the US,” exclaims Mike Lehman, CEO of Flinchbaugh Engineering, York, PA. Line transfer, as he calls his service, may not be a fix for everyone, but is, for many, “a tremendous value.”

The article also explores how states are not only competing with each other for companies, but with other countries. The competition for good companies that come with JOBS is tough. But if you do lean right, it should not matter where you produce, and you can choose to produce near your customers.

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Jamie Flinchbaugh is a lean advisor, speaker, and author. In addition to co-founding the Lean Learning Center, he has helped build nearly 20 companies as either a co-founder, board member, advisor, or angel investor. These companies range from high-performance motorcycles to SaaS tools for continuous improvement. He has advised over 300 companies around the world in lean transformation, including Intel, Harley-Davidson, Crayola, BMW, and Amazon. Jamie co-authored the popular book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean, and continues to share his experiences as a Contributing Editor forIndustryWeek and as a blogger at JamieFlinchbaugh.com. He holds degrees from Lehigh University, University of Michigan, and MIT, and continues to teach and mentor on campus. Jamie is best known for helping to transform how we think about lean from a tools-centric model to one based on principles and behaviors. His passion for lean transformation comes from seeking to unlock the great potential that people possess to build inspiring organizations.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What’s the relationship between you and Flinchbaugh Engineering? Family?

  2. Jamie Flinchbaugh says:

    Flinchbaugh Engineering was started by my family. I’m proud to say it is now employee-owned, and the employees take true pride in their company and their work.

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