US manufacturing’s return poses logistics challenges

Dec 24, 2013 | 07:49 AM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Talan Products, Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing, metalforming, Robert Hurst, Steve Peplin, stampers, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — While the return of manufacturing capacity to North America is shortening supply chains that used to stretch to Asia, it is also beginning to highlight the inefficiency of transportation and logistics even among North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) countries.

That is a key challenge facing precision metalformers ahead of the New Year.

"There has been consolidation among metalforming assets. Five major high-volume stampers in Cleveland are gone. They got bought up, moved, consolidated. Some of the capacity is going to Mexico. Mexico is exploding," according to Steve Peplin, chief executive officer of Talan Products Inc.....

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