Custom Rubber Products Made in USA
Jefferson Rubber Works – a Proudly American Manufacturer of Custom Molded Rubber Products
Jefferson Rubber Works is an American owned and based company, primarily supplying markets within the United States of America. Our history of supplying high-quality rubber molded products stretches over more than 40 years. More than 85% of our comprehensive range of products are manufactured in our modern production facility in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Using the latest technology JRW produces a wide range of precision molded rubber products that will meet any customer’s exacting requirements. JRW processes are ISO 9001:2015 certified, insuring consistent quality across their range of products. Our USA based manufacturing capabilities include:
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Why Choose ‘Made in the USA’
How close can you get to your supplier if he is in a different time zone, is not fluent in your language and operates within a different legal system to you?
What is the hidden cost (opportunity cost and interest) of paying upfront for products that may take months to reach you?
Are there remedies available to you if the delivered product is not within your specification and the time it will take to get replacements?
What about the risks associated with shipping over long distance (which can be mitigated with expensive insurance as an additional cost)?
And how do you protect against uncertainty from fluctuating trade tariffs that may be levied on imported components?
And the environmental implications of long supply chains that add complexities to business, increase lead times and come with a higher carbon footprint than locally produced goods?
Choosing Made in America molded rubber products protects your company from a wide range of risk factors. By buying locally produced products your exposure to factors that are beyond your control are dramatically reduced as you have:
- Legal protection
- Shorter lead times
- Recourse if products are not within spec
- Reduced transportation risks
- Lower exposure to political factors
- Smaller environmental footprint
Reshoring for Rubber Molding Manufacturing
Re-shoring is the current buzzword for returning the production and manufacturing of goods to a company’s country of origin. The move to re-shoring production is mostly as a response to political pressure to retain American jobs through significant increases in tariffs on imported goods and components.
Before considering the implications of reshoring, it is perhaps useful to understand the reasons why companies turned to offshoring in the first instance.
Factors Contributing to Offshoring
- Lower production costs – labor and raw material costs are often lower;
- Reduced logistics cost – manufacturing closer to raw material sources minimizes the length and cost of supply chains and at the same time introduce a range of efficiencies in the business;
- Mass production and lower tooling costs – economies of scale reduce unit costs;
- Flexibility – Nimble and lean manufacturing processes allow for rapid responses to changes in market demand for products;
- Focus on core competencies – management of the company is freed up to focus on what the business does best, which may not always lie in the field of production;
- Financial incentives – provided by governments in developing countries and preferential trade agreements.
But re-shoring has many more positive factors that are contributing to American companies choosing to re-shore their operations.
Why Re-Shoring Is Once Again Gaining Traction
- Costs of training and supervising offshore operations – training of overseas staff to perform to the same standards as local staff is complicated and expensive. Managing offshore operations may also distract management from local issues.
- The differential between home and offshore labor costs – over the past decade labor costs in developing countries have escalated while US labor cost have stagnated, reducing the attraction of offshoring;
- Production and quality control – the distance between local operations and manufacturing introduce quality control challenges. Quality failures cannot be immediately corrected and may result in loss of market share;
- Social impacts of offshoring – increasingly, companies in the US have come under local and national political pressure, in the first instance not to offshore production, and where it has occurred, to reshore such operations;
- Increased local capacity – reduced demand for products in the US has led to an increase in production capacity which in some instances justifies reshoring;
- Security of supply – international supply chains are subject to disruption from geopolitical, economic and other influences that may threaten reliable deliveries and cause loss of market share to local producers;
- Data breaches and cyber-attacks – the distance of management from production necessitates the flow of data between operations and production that can compromise the entire business if either intercepted by unauthorized parties or damaged by malicious attacks;
- Copyright infringements (piracy) – handing over confidential process and information to offshore production partners may lead to unauthorized reproduction of a company’s products.
Is There a Reshoring Trend in the United States?
A.T. Kearney, a reputable global management consulting firm, publishes an annual study on reshoring and published their forth Reshoring Index in July 2018. The conclusions of the report indicate that “US manufacturers are not exactly coming back in droves. In fact, the 2018 Reshoring Index shows that imports from traditional offshoring countries are at a record high”. Indications were that the imports manufactured goods into the United States from low-cost trading partners in Asia increase by almost eight percent in 2017.
Reasons for the Continued Offshoring Trend
- Continued cost savings from offshore labor-intensive products;
- Reluctance to abandon significant offshore investments;
- Shortage of skilled labor in the United States;
- Import growth originating from increased production at existing offshore plants;
- Limited increases in logistics costs, principally sea freight.
The report also makes the point that “tariffs and political posturing could impact and potentially change the direction of the reshoring trend.” It is a fact that tariffs are paid for by the importer, which may put pressure on US companies to re-shore, but at the same time, counter tariffs are likely to reduce export opportunities.
Jefferson Rubber Works is an American owned and based company, primarily supplying markets within the United States of America. Our history of supplying high-quality rubber molded products stretches over more than 40 years. We’re proud that over 85% of our comprehensive range of products are manufactured locally in our modern production facility in Worcester, Massachusetts.