Offshoring, as MIT lecturer Thomas Roemer says, has become “the emerging mantra of the new millennium.” Companies continue to move their manufacturing overseas in the hopes of greater returns promised by cheap labor and tax advantages. They skimp on costs and yet are surprised when the products that come back to the United States from their overseas facilities are poorly made and prone to malfunctions.
When it comes to broadband solutions and telecommunications, customers cannot afford to rely on these second-rate devices. That is why many are once again purchasing American made products that they know are built to last and come with a service team that is just a quick phone call away. We at Encore are proud to be an All-American company with every step of our design and manufacturing being done right here at home.
US Made quality assurance allows companies to use the products in mission critical applications, even in harsh environments, with the confidence that there won’t be issues due to poor manufacturing. Often, companies who use outsourced products report a reduced capability to monitor supplier performance, extended lead times and quality concerns. Whether operating in utility substations, water treatment plants, oil & gas refineries or on an industrial plant floor, the best way to ensure reliability and performance is to use an American made product. You will have the assurance that there was a team of specialists present for every part of product development, and that there is a team of in-house customer service reps waiting to assist you with any issues that may arise.
The false belief that building a product overseas is more profitable is embraced by many companies, but, for those of us that prefer to stay in the United States, the idea of manufacturing in any other place seems ludicrous. First of all, we love working with companies who buy US Made, and we have the opportunity to work with “Buy American Act” compliant government organizations who need rugged and reliable network access.
Even beyond that, however, there are plenty of financial benefits of manufacturing at home instead of overseas. Due to our manufacturing infrastructure, as well as the information technology and higher levels of automation we have available, a worker in the United States has 10 to 12 times the output of workers in overseas plants. The lead times of US Made products is also immensely shorter than those of products made overseas, meaning customers get a higher quality product faster.
Telecommunications providers who rely on foreign imports may experience a lack of product reliability, less control over the physical security of their product, a lack of network performance and so much more. Manufacturing at home is simply safer and easier, and manages to create American jobs in the process. When your telecommunications company operates in your own backyard, it is easy to quickly address any problems that may arise. Plus, being easily reached by our customers gives us the adaptability to easily meet their needs.
We hope next time you are looking for an IoT solution, you look for an All-American manufacturer like Encore rather than an offshore option.