Many years ago I was sitting in a restaurant in the silicone valley with a contract manufacturer (my client) and their customer. It was a social event, I had been lucky enough to be invited along to join them. As I sat and listened, I noticed that one of the managers from the customer was warning my client, that manufacturing was headed offshore and to plan accordingly. I was very concerned as this customer represented most of my client’s business. I immediately thought of how catastrophic losing this customer would be to my client, their employees, and their families. Luckily, while being right overall, in the case of this customer the jobs stayed here. They were way too dependent on the immediacy of their supply chain and containers full of parts crossing the ocean didn’t align well with that demand.
Fast forward to several years ago when my manufacturing advocacy beginning to take shape, I was doing a lot of exploration and research. One of the names that kept popping up was the Reshoring Initiative. They seemed to be tapped into all the latest content related to bringing manufacturing back from overseas. They curated it so well, that they became my main source of news related to reshoring of manufacturing and a whole lot more. When I did get around to starting the Manufacturing Advocates Podcast, they were already on my list of prospective guests. I know though, that you start with people you know. Why is that? They will believe in your success without a track record. So I left the Reshoring Initiative on the back burner while I got to work churning out the initial 7 episodes. With a track record in place, I reached out to them via their LinkedIn group, and very quickly I was in touch with none other than Harry C. Moser, Founder, and President of the Reshoring Initiative. Another member of the group sent me a message almost immediately after Harry, telling me how I will “get a kick out of Harry”. That would end up being accurate and a lot more.
When I interviewed Harry, we started talking “off the air” and there was already a lot of levity as well as passion about the topic of reshoring jobs, his career in the industry, and more. Harry was a natural communicator and fun to converse with, I knew it would be a fun interview to give and full of lots of great information. Needless to say, Harry delivered everything I expected and more.
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