Last week I spoke with Harry Moser, chairman emeritus of GF AgieCharmilles LLC, the machine tool company. He will speak at the upcoming FABTECH expo in Chicago about his Reshoring Initiative. Moser has developed Total Cost of Ownership Estimator software that breaks down the costs and risks of outsourcing production overseas.
The idea has caught on. Moser was featured on the cover of IndustryWeek, and just before our conversation he was on the phone with a reporter from National Public Radio. The broader public, he said, is beginning to realize how valuable manufacturing is--and its comeback may help overcome the economy’s most obvious problem: high unemployment.