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
Jamie Flinchbaugh is an accomplished Entrepreneur, Senior Executive, and Board Member with more than 20 years of success spanning finance, manufacturing, automotive, and management consulting. Leveraging extensive operational experience, Jamie is an invaluable asset for a company seeking expert guidance with process improvements, lean strategies, and leadership coaching in order to transform operations, reduce costs, and drive profitability. His areas of expertise include continuous improvement, entrepreneurship, coaching and training, process transformation, business strategy, and organizational design.


  1. 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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