Darren Muchnicki believes reports of the demise of manufacturing in the United States are greatly exaggerated. “Manufacturing is alive and well in this country,” says Muchnicki, president of Formtek Group’s Cleveland operation. “We’ve seen, with our customers who have taken their sourcing outside of the United States previously, that they’re now coming back.
“We’ve seen more and more customers who started operations in China or Taiwan see the shipping costs and quality aspect hurt them to the point where it’s no longer justifiable for them to source from overseas,” Muchnicki adds. “Everyone thought that you could just make everything overseas, but are now realizing that there’s something to our capabilities here.”