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Counselor magazine’s “Best Places to Work” 2012 Summer Road Tour has made several stops across the country. Want a sneak peek into the industry’s coolest offices? If so, you’re in luck! The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) has posted several short interviews from some of their favorite locations. Let’s take a look:
1. Mid-Nite Snax
Which promotional items company do you think is truly the best place to work?
It’s a well-known fact that companies throughout the U.S. have both outsourced and offshored their manufacturing jobs overseas over the past four decades. Businesses have found it more cost-effective to produce their products abroad everywhere from India to China.
But a recent trend is bringing business back home. According to Inc. magazine, recently, manufacturing has begun to return home.
Offsite Networks is one such company. Its CEO, Anton Bakker, told Inc. that manufacturing locally has become more affordable. According to Inc., “…labor costs, which had initially driven Bakker to find cheap work overseas, were a smaller percentage of total costs. Meanwhile, an increase in other costs—like shipping, for instance—had increased. In other words, it was cheaper to manufacture locally.”
As more and more companies follow suit and begin to “reshore,” it’s becoming obvious that the whole cost of sending business abroad was not worth it. Obviously a big part of bringing business back home is a business’ bottom line.
But there’s another factor, too: Some people refuse to buy anything foreign-made. CEO Chuck Buck of Buck Knives cites that as a major reason for reshoring. “Hunters are rednecks, and they don’t like anything with that C word on it,” Buck told The Idaho Statesman.
Promotional items companies are not exceptions to these developments. Distributors like 4imprint, Branders, and Motivators all offer USA-made promotional products that can be purchased online or over the phone.