One of the first things you’ll notice on our website is an icon of an American flag with the words “Proudly made in the U.S.A.” around it. It symbolizes our commitment to excellence in the work we do as a provider of cutting-edge power electronics built using flat-out American know-how. It may sound old-fashioned, but we think it reminds us that we are part of a long tradition of dedication to American craftsmanship. That tradition of high-quality craftsmanship was once the hallmark of manufacturing in this country, and we would like to see that tradition restored.
Much has been made about the Manufacturing Renaissance in the United States going on over the last few years. The trend in sourcing products recently has seen the pendulum shift as more and more U.S. companies have relocated their manufacturing back to our shores from overseas. We think the biggest reason for this reshoring movement has been due to quality work, especially in high-tech applications. And we’re not alone. Consider what the experts on this subject have to say.
Harry Moser is the head of the Chicago-based nonprofit Reshoring Initiative, as well as an Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame member and the recipient of the 2012 Quality Professional of the Year award from Quality Magazine. Moser recently wrote in a Design News article: “The Reshoring Initiative tracks all reported and some private cases of reshoring and concludes that more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs have been reshored since January 1, 2010. Many companies cite quality as a main component when deciding to reshore manufacturing to the U.S.”
Last month, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered the annual State of Manufacturing address in Houston. In it, he declared, “Manufacturers in America are making more products today and making them better than ever before.” He cited a cover story from Barron’s Magazine about the U.S. manufacturing “revival” and commented: “They see what those of us in manufacturing have always known: this industry has driven the innovation and created the opportunity that’s made the American economy the envy of the world.”
Larry Gigerich, managing director for Ginovus, a facility location consulting firm based in Indianapolis, told Area Development Online: “Quality concerns are a big reason higher-value and more technical products are looking to come back to the U.S.”
We think these comments are revealing. At Behlman Electronics, though, we’ve known that quality is the key to high-tech American manufacturing all along. For more than 50 years, we’ve been building the highest quality standard, modified standard, custom and COTS AC power sources, frequency converters, inverters, DC-DC, AC-DC, DC-AC, and uninterruptible power sources (UPS) for commercial, industrial, and military mission-critical applications. Please give us a call to discuss your next project’s quality requirements.