More manufacturers pack up jobs, head back stateside

Business conditions in the United States are improving, and companies who took flight when the recession hit are noticing. Firms that outsourced or moved manufacturing jobs to markets with fewer labor costs have seen the U.S. economy improve and are moving jobs back to the country in greater frequency. The "reshoring" trend, as it's being called, means manufacturing jobs are flocking back to America, and businesses can work with manufacturing recruiters fill new domestically based jobs.

High-profile names moves back
Perhaps encouraged by recent reshoring activities by Apple and Ford and a recent MIT survey that found 33 percent of companies were considering reshoring, another recent spate of big-name firms have brought manufacturing jobs back to the country.

K'nex, which produces a children's building toy almost as popular as Lego, recently told the Wall Street Journal it was increasingly bringing operations back to the United States after spending time in China.

While the company noted having 100 percent of its products manufactured in the United States isn't feasible, it is trying to bring back as many jobs as it can to be closer to U.S.-based suppliers and retailers.

"In the long term, it's much better for us to manufacture here," Joel Glickman, chairman of K'Nex and its manufacturing affiliate, Rodon Group, told The WSJ.

Computer hardware and software leader Oracle has also gotten in on the reshoring action. Except this time, it's not China the firm is pulling jobs out of, but Mexico. Recently, Oracle announced it would move 130 manufacturing positions from south of the border to a facility in Oregon. The business said re-establishing manufacturing jobs inside the country will enable it to better meet consumer demand and create domestic jobs.

Reshoring focus of conference
The Reshoring Summit held in Cleveland recently wrapped up it's three-day conference on bringing jobs back to America, demonstrating just how important reshoring manufacturing jobs has become to domestic businesses.

However, those in town for the conference who spoke with The Plain Dealer cautioned it's not going to happen overnight.

"We know it will take awhile," Hal Sirkin, with The Boston Consulting Group, told the newspaper. "All of this is happening. You're not going to see much of it until 2015."

Manufacturers looking to bring jobs back can start preparing operations by looking for the best available talent in the country with the help of manufacturing recruiters.

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