Manufacturing, across most verticals, is once again at a crossroads. Offshoring, nearshoring and outsourcing are all strategies that manufacturers adopted over the past decade or so, in order to increase the bottom line. However, we are starting to see the proverbial pendulum swing the other way. While profits have grown, there has been a cost, which includes the decline of the once mighty manufacturing center of Detroit. "Built in Detroit," an article published in a March 2014 issue of Time, features Shinola--a Detroit-based company established in 2012 to bring the art of watchmaking to the U.S., and is hoping to revive Detroit as a leading manufacturing center.
According to Time, "Shinola is growing at a time when American manufacturing is in full revival and the global trade equation is being rewritten. Climbing wages in China, higher transportation costs, a weaker dollar, rising U.S. productivity and cheaper energy: all these factors mean American firms are finding it increasingly competitive to make things at home. Companies like Shinola-native U.S. manufacturing operations determined to nuture domestic cottage industries that have all but disappeared-are the latest test of these trends. If Shinola can thrive, it could become part of something the Motor City hasn't seen since the glory days of American automaking: a new boom in manufacturing."
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