Mitchell in Nest

Wisconsin-based company wins award for bringing jobs home

Mitchell Metal Products, of Merrill, Wisc., received the first National Reshoring Award on Thursday, given in recognition of the company’s success bringing manufacturing back home to the United States. The award, given by The Reshoring Initiative and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), honors “a company that has effectively reshored products, parts or tooling made primarily by metal forming, fabricating or machining,” according to a TRI/PMA joint press release sent to EA Thursday.

Mitchell was selected after using reshoring to complete more end products with less lead time. In 2016, the company manufactured a cultivator handle subassembly product, increasing the production volume from 4,500 made overseas to 30,000 made in Wisconsin.

Reshoring Initiative President Harry Moser (left) presents National Reshoring Award to Tim Zimmerman of Mitchell Metal Products in front of the award-winning cultivator handle subassembly.—The Reshoring Initiative/Precision Metalforming Association photo

“We are thrilled and honored to receive the first National Reshoring Award,” said Tim Zimmerman, president of Mitchell. “By utilizing the total cost of ownership approach pioneered by The Reshoring Initiative, we have won a number of value-added contracts and brought work back home. We are proud to be delivering high-quality products to our customers and creating good jobs here in Wisconsin. Right now, eight percent of our workforce is employed because of products we have helped to reshore.”

The award was presented in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 28, 2017, at Sourcing Solutions, a popular procurement program hosted by PMA. The sourcing event brought together buyers and engineers from manufacturing companies with pre-screened suppliers, enabling companies to find the most competitive resources for their projects. The 2018 National Reshoring Award will be presented next fall during Sourcing Solutions. Additional details about the event will be available in early 2018.

“We are proud to be a sponsor of the National Reshoring Award and to celebrate companies who are contributing to the strength of the American manufacturing sector,” said Allison Grealis, vice president of membership and association services at PMA. “Through Sourcing Solutions and other efforts, PMA is committed to supporting manufacturers in their quest to find local, competitive suppliers and keep work here at home.”

“I was delighted that the winning product was a relatively conventional item, instead of being an advanced aerospace or electronics component,” said Harry Moser, founder and president of The Reshoring Initiative. “Mitchell’s success demonstrates that large portions of offshored work are eligible to be reshored.” The Reshoring Initiative was featured in the July 2017 issue of Electrical Apparatus and Mr. Moser appears in the latest episode of The Electrical Apparatus Show podcast.



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