Sare Plastics, an Ohio based Injection Molder, reports successes in “Re-Shoring” of various products from China and Southeast Asia over the past two years. Sare initially teamed up with a major east coast provider of Electrical Power in May of 2015 to begin manufacturing a soft PVC Wire Sleeve used to insulate cable connections inside of their power transmission equipment. The company had previously purchased a similar product from Southeast Asia to accomplish this but had become dissatisfied with the quality and most of all, lack of service they were receiving, primarily the unpredictable delivery from a foreign supplier. This customer reached out to Sare Plastics for a solution and worked together in a win-win for both Sare and the customer.
During the second half of 2015, Sare also began producing several parts for the largest and oldest flag manufacturer in the United States. As with the company above, this customer was experiencing logistical difficulties purchasing parts from China and elsewhere. They teamed up with Sare Plastics to procure molds and have since been manufacturing the parts as American-Made-Products by Sare in Alliance, Ohio. This customer has reported not only improved quality and delivery but increased orders from their customers due to having a manufacturing source within hours of their own manufacturing facilities as opposed to weeks away in China. They no longer have to limit late season orders for fear of not being able to fulfill them. Sare not only molds for this customer but also performs other value added services for them including assembly of a number of the parts.
Sare reports other possible Re-Shoring efforts in the works including a project to return certain appliance parts being made in China and also a program that would potentially return a portion of a product line produced by an iconic toy brand seeking an American-Made identity for a number of their toys.
Sare management noted that there were obstacles to overcome in each of these instances but that the biggest was the perception that American Manufacturers cannot compete. The successes above are proof to the contrary.
*Note: As an update to the story above, you can also read a Blog recently published by the “Reshoring Institute” Website October 24th, 2018 as written by Joe Croft, Business Development Manager of Sare Plastics at https://reshoringinstitute.org/sourcing-us-parts-blog-series-part-4-reshoring-injection-molded-parts/