U.S. manufacturing return could benefit suppliers too

In years past, the ‘Made in USA’ label, though seen less as less, was viewed as a source of pride. It usually meant that, though the item might cost more, it was of trusted quality and the money went back into the nation’s economy. As more and more manufacturing jobs were shifted to overseas factories, that label was not seen nearly as often, but the Wall Street Journal has recently reported that this is starting to change.

For American companies, the benefits of having their factories located domestically are obvious. They can keep a better eye on quality control, there is less chance of their designs being copied, and they are at a minimal risk of issues within their supply chain. Wages in nations like China are also starting to rise, making manufacturing products overseas less cost effective.

All of this is good news for the firms that provide materials and support for the businesses that have chosen to keep their manufacturing facilities in the U.S. This means that printing companies may be called upon to produce signage, business forms, invoices, shipping and receiving documents, and many other items that a company might need as part of its day-to-day operations. They can also produce such items as digital business cards for use by the management and staff of the facility.

While it may not be possible to predict how much of the manufacturing sector will repatriate itself from overseas, it is evident that each one that does benefits the rest of the national economy. With any luck, this trend will continue, with print alongside it every step of the way.