[Guest Post] Reshoring in America: Current Issues and Future Outlook

This article written by Adam Robinson originally appeared on the Cerasis blog on June 24, 2015

Future Outlook of Reshoring in America

Jobs & The Slow Movement of Reshoring
Notwithstanding many sound reasons for reshoring, an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report indicates that U.S. manufacturing is not experiencing a "renaissance". Industry experts conservatively acknowledge that off-shoring has slowed, and perhaps "stabilized". Although around 80,000 manufacturing jobs have come back to the U.S. in the past 3 years, (about 60% from China), per research by BCG and others, there's no indication that a great number of additional jobs will soon return from Mexico and China.

In fact, since the recession, more manufacturing companies have been lost than gained in the U.S. There were 10% fewer manufacturers in 2011 than in 2008—a record low since 1977, when the Census Bureau started collecting Business Dynamics data. And, the labor force was 35% smaller in those days. Manufacturing has gained 700,000 jobs since 2010. However, there are a million fewer manufacturing jobs than in 2008. Job gains are largely due to increasing consumer demand, not to reshoring production back to the U.S. Productivity in factories continues to improve, however, and are more efficient than ever, so the best jobs picture we can hope for is flat as we don't believe that US Manufacturing jobs will ever be at the percentage they were at the peak in the late 70s.

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VIDEO: Inside The Rodon Group

We have a lot to be proud of at Rodon.  We've been in the business of plastic injection molding since 1956 and have remained true to our high volume, core capabilities since then. It's why we've remained a leader in U.S. manufacturing and are one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States. 

We hope you enjoy our new video. Thank you to Westfield Films for visually capturing the pride we have for our company, facility and employees.  

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A Holiday message from The Rodon Group

At this time of year, we pause and reflect on all we have to be grateful for.  At The Rodon Group, we are grateful to have wonderful customers and vendors that have helped our business grow.
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Let us give thanks

During the holiday season we should take time to reflect on all of the great things that have happened throughout the year.  The Rodon Group is very grateful to have had yet another momentus year full of recognition, awards and great customers.

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Bringing Toy Manufacturing Back to U.S.

Michael Araten, President and CEO of K'NEX Brands, L.P. and The Rodon Group, was interviewed by Liz Clamen of the popular Fox Business After The Bell show on Friday, July 12th.  Mr. Araten revealed a new intiative to market the K'NEX brand in China.

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Newsroom Alert - TV coverage for The Made in America Act

On Friday, July12th, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick announced his co-sponsorship of the Made in America Act.  The Rodon Group hosted the event at our Hatfield location.  Local TV coverage of this event is highlighted in the news clips provided below.

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Plastic Injection Molding Robotics in Action

You can save time and money through injection molding automation.  Our "Cheaper Than China" pricing is due in large part to our investment in a series of amazing fully automated, robotic machines which run on a 24-hour production schedule. Instead of labor intensive hand-packing, our machines do that work around the clock.

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Your Crash Course in Precision Mold Design

Every plastic part starts with a precision mold design

The first step in guaranteeing precision plastic parts is by working with a manufacturer who has experience in creating perfect molding design.We invite you to take a look at our video on plastic mold design to learn more about how The Rodon Group is prepared to utilize cutting edge technology to deliver a better plastic part, every time.

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STEM education getting the attention it deserves.

For years, The Rodon Group has supported STEM education.   We know the importance of obtaining strong math and science skills throughout elementary and secondary education.  Often described as "too hard", children need to be engaged and supported in the learning process by both teachers and parents.  Math and science should be presented in creative and common sense ways to help spark and encourage curiosity.  A well executed science experiment or a real life math problem can bring the "fun" back into the classroom.

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Reshoring Toys

Article originally posted on www.toybook.com , May 14, 2013

By Howard N. Aronson, Managing Partner, Lackenbach Siegel LLP

Like the proverbial child who runs away from home only to return before nightfall, an American toymaker is bringing most of its manufacturing back to the U.S.—after more than a decade of outsourcing in Asia. The decision of K’NEX Brands, a family-owned maker of plastic building toys, to boost manufacturing at The Rodon Group, its Hatfield, Pa. plant, is only one example of a major trend. Persuasive factors leading to the ultimate decision included quality control, overall costs, timeliness of deliveries, and intellectual property issues. Many are following the lead of K’NEX and rediscovering that home sweet home is the best place to make and distribute products after all.

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