Harry Moser – founder of the Reshoring Initiative in the USA has sent an audio message to SACEEC members for some encouragement!
For Harry Moser, the return of manufacturing to the United States is a very personal one that began as a boy growing up in Elizabeth, N.J. His father and grandfather were employed in management roles at the once-prospering Singer Sewing Machine Company factory in Elizabeth. Moser, himself, worked at the plant during high school and college summer vacations. And then it was gone. Singer, like many U.S. manufacturing plants, moved its operations offshore, taking along with the factory those solid manufacturing jobs.
These bittersweet memories helped trigger Moser to start the Chicago-based nonprofitReshoring Initiativein 2010. The Reshoring Initiative is an industry-led effort to bring manufacturing and related jobs back to the United States. Moser’s organization works to prove to U.S. manufacturers that local production and sourcing often reduce their total cost of ownership of purchased parts and tooling, making the decision to manufacture domestically an economic one. This is a process based in economics, not cheerleading. Yet, Moser’s patriotism shows through in his enthusiastic attitude towards manufacturing.