The Reshoring Initiative, founded by Harry Moser in 2010, is an industry-led effort to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. The initiative works with U.S. manufacturers to help them recognize their profit potential as well as the critical role they play in strengthening the economy by utilizing local sourcing and production.
American companies often don't consider all of the costs involved in sending their manufacturing offshore, such as inventory carrying costs, traveling costs to check on suppliers, intellectual property risks and opportunity costs from product pipelines being too long.
The Reshoring Initiative takes direct action by helping U.S. manufacturers realize that local production and sourcing often reduce their total cost of ownership of purchased parts and tooling. The Initiative also trains suppliers to demonstrate to these manufacturers the economic advantages of local sourcing. Through reshoring, manufacturing in the United States is starting to gain momentum. Companies such as NCR and General Electric are already repatriating some of their manufacturing. And the Reshoring Initiative will continue its "return-manufacturing-home" message until all U.S. manufacturers are making objective sourcing decisions and thus realize America is increasingly the place to produce and source goods to supply the U.S. market.
Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative grew up experiencing the glory of U.S. manufacturing.
Moser's father - a manager, and grandfather - a foreman, worked for the once sprawling Singer Sewing Machine Company factory in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Moser himself spent summer vacations during high school and college working at the plant.
But that was then. The Singer factory is now gone as are a long list of other American manufacturing plants and companies due to decades of offshoring. Not wanting to see even more U.S. manufacturing jobs disappear, Moser decided to start the Reshoring Initiative to help companies recognize that U.S. manufacturing is often the most profitable choice.
With more than 45 years of manufacturing experience (most recently as chairman emeritus of Charmilles Technologies Corporation (now GF AgieCharmilles)), Moser is a leading industry spokesman for reshoring and for developing the skilled manufacturing workforce required by reshoring.
Largely due to the success of the Reshoring Initiative, Moser was inducted into the 2010 Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame and named Quality Magazine’s 2012 Quality Professional of the Year. He participated in President Obama’s 2012 Insourcing Forum, testified at a Congressional hearing on reshoring and manufacturing, and has been featured in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Bloomberg Businessweek.
In an effort to further encourage manufacturing education, Moser sits on the board of The National Institute of Metalworking Skills - an institute providing credentials for skilled manufacturing. Moser is also the president of the Swiss Machine Tool Society. He received a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Science in Engineering at MIT. He also received an MBA from the University of Chicago.