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Reshoring Initiative

"We will put forward new ways to encourage American companies to seize this opportunity to increase investment here at home and bring jobs back to America."

President Obama


What is Reshoring?

Many large companies have analyzed the costs and benefits of offshore production and have elected to reshore production operations, i.e., bring them back to the U.S.  This trend is good news: it enhances U.S. manufacturing capabilities, supports exporting, and grows well-paying jobs. The benefits to individual companies and the nation are significant:

Reshoring Initiative
  • Brings jobs back to the U.S.
  • Helps balance U.S., state, and local budgets
  • Motivates recruits to enter the skilled manufacturing workforce
  • Strengthens the defense industrial base (Read more about Why Manufacturing in the U.S. Matters)
  • Reduces Total Cost of Ownership (see below)
  • Improves quality and consistency of inputs
  • Reduces pipeline and surge inventory impact on just-in-time operations
  • Production operations in proximity to R&D facilities and customers form clusters, which foster innovation
  • Reduces intellectual property and regulatory compliance risk
  • Eliminates the waste and instability caused by offshoring
  • Strengthens companies’ ability to respond quickly to customer demands

What is MEP Doing?

To re-analyze their offshore production, companies need to assess Total Cost of Ownership. This includes all costs related to risks, volatility, inflexibility, and lost opportunities associated with offshore production. MEP works with U.S. manufacturers to more accurately assess their total cost of offshoring, and shift collective thinking from ‘offshoring means cheaper production’ to ‘domestic production may reduce total cost of ownership’.

Available Tools

For help in assessing whether it makes sense to reshore, MEP offers the following resources.

Access Cost Everywhere (ACE)

Developed by the Economics and Statistics Administration in partnership with MEP, ACE provides an analytic framework to help companies accurately assess the total cost of manufacturing in the U.S. versus abroad, enabling better informed decision making. Learn More

Supply Chain Optimization

MEP's Supply Chain Optimization is a comprehensive program, facilitated through coaching, mentoring, and directing, that provides a roadmap to help manufacturers build dynamic supply chains. Manufacturers can benefit from the program which promotes a better flow of production from suppliers to customers resulting in reduced cost, improved quality and shortened lead times. Learn More

Total Cost of Ownership Estimator

Companies that make decisions on price alone significantly underestimate their total cost. The Total Cost of Ownership Estimator™, developed by the Reshoring Initiative, is a tool for manufacturers that aggregates all cost and risk factors into a single cost for simpler, more objective decision making. Users can account for all relevant factors when determining total cost of ownership, including overhead, balance sheet, corporate strategy, and other internal and external business costs.  The Reshoring Initiative is an industry-led effort to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. 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.

Additional Partnerships


seeks to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as a location for business and investment. Learn More

To learn more about reshoring and the tools available to evaluate offshore production costs, contact your local MEP center or NIST MEP Samm Bowman.

Informational Resource: On November 29, 2012, NIST MEP hosted a webinar that demonstrated the Total Cost of Ownership™ (TCO) tool. To see the webinar, click on the button below.

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