CNN reports today that the cost of shipping and the ability to have better quality control inspires a bowling ball manufacturer to begin manufacturing bowling pins in its US plant instead of continuing to outsource the pins to a plant in Mexico.
In Louisville, “a closed General Electric (GE, Fortune 500) appliance plant is being renovated to begin producing refrigerators and water heaters now being made overseas. Hiring of about 1,300 union-represented workers is due to begin this fall.”
Calls to many company’s “customer service” and “billing”departments have long been outsourced. A company in Maine, however, will add 250 new jobs over the next two years by taking calls locally.
And, “NCR (NCR, Fortune 500) has already hired about 500 workers to build ATM machines and self-service checkout systems at a Columbus, Ga., plant, and it plans to add another 370 jobs by 2014, building products that were formerly produced at plants in China, Hungary and Brazil.”
What’s spurring companies to bring their manufacturing back to the states varies. In some instances, its shipping and rising costs of labor outside of our borders. While some are skeptical saying this is just a trickle and it won’t solve our slow job growth problems, I’m hopeful that the trickle will turn into a steady stream.