Okay, I admit, some days I get a little upset when I think about the exodus of jobs from our shores. This clip from the movie Network sums up my emotional state at those times. Take a look if you have two minutes. It’s very relevant today. Being involved with many organizations that are prospering in our region, I get angry at the doomsayers; and I worry about the monkey-see-monkey-do mentality that has gripped much of our industry. I’m frustrated by a few experts who say that the loss of US manufacturing jobs is inevitable.
Last November, when we announced the theme of our 2011 Northeast Shingo Conference, Made Lean In America, one of those experts contacted me with a sincere request that I not raise false hopes for American manufacturing. In fairness, he did not say that it’s impossible for American industry to compete, rather that we lack the passion to do what is necessary to keep manufacturing on our shores.
I disagree, as I see this passion in many individuals and organizations in our region. But it’s not only about passion. “Doing what is necessary,” requires a great deal of rationality as well. One of our speakers, Reshoring Initiative founder, Harry Moser, will explain why Re-shoring manufacturing is a critical step in most lean journeys. Conference attendees will also receive his organization’s free software to calculate the true benefit of re-shoring. Take a few moments to hear a sneak preview of Harry Moser’s presentation.