Walmart – bringing it home.

Let’s give it up for Walmart for taking the first innovative steps to bring production jobs back to the US, create jobs and rebuilding our economy.

Are you listening Apple?

American Board Assembly – we believe in our name.

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Proud to be American Board Assembly, Inc.

This is a comment from an independent insurance appraiser to our building owner. Proud too.

“I must tell you that seeing a factory staffed with U.S. workers and an American flag hanging in the middle of the shop gave me a good feeling – a sense of pride. I guess I’ve grown a bit weary of appraising former factory buildings that now are nothing more than warehouses stacked to the ceiling with boxes marked “Made in China”…! It was just a good experience for me. My “assistant” Linda felt the same way.” (Feel free to relay that to Cindy).

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There is alot of “buzz” about ABA and their innovative customers……

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ABA wishes all a Happy, Prosperous 2012!

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Now Hiring in U.S.

Just read a great article in News & Analysis about a local lighting manufacturer, Seesmart, Inc.   They are ADDING employees because they are cutting back on using contract manufacturers in China.  In the article they quote Terry McGowan, director of technology for the American Lighting Assocation, “China is no longer the automatic choice when U.S. companies make light bulbs..”

Come on people, bring it on home.  Let’s make America the 1st choice again.  Put our people back to work.

ABA can help.

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Not much else I want to say going into this weekend.

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ABA salutes our employees on Labor Day!

We at ABA are indeed part of the labor force.  Our employees are amazing workers and should be celebrated!  So thankful President Cleveland acknowledged the labor force and made this a holiday!
In case you were wondering:
Labor Day occurs on the first Monday in September and was first celebrated in the United States on September 5, 1882. The date was deliberately selected to fall between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The holiday was suggested by Peter J. McGuire, a New York City carpenter and a founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and by Matthew Maguire, a Paterson, New Jersey machinist. They strongly believed that American workers should have a holiday similar to those of other countries. The first celebration was observed only in New York City with a parade of about 10,000 workers. The idea spread quickly and in 1894, President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a national holiday.
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CNN makes us happy.

Greater quality was the major factor cited by Carbonite for moving back jobs to the U.S. as well. The company’s call center in New Delhi, India was having turnover of 100% or more each year, said Tom Murray, the company’s vice president of marketing.

Meanwhile, turnover in its Boston call center that handled more serious problems was in the single digits. Murray said that allowed the Boston call center to provide much better service and customer satisfaction.

CNN Money News/June 16, 2011

“There’s a clear benefit associated with continuity,” he said.

For GE, the decision to reopen the Louisville plant, which had been closed for decades, was based on the fact that it’s no longer as expensive to hire more workers in the U.S.

Jim Campbell, president and CEO of the GE Appliance and Lighting unit, said that when you factor in currency fluctuations and rising wages in emerging markets, “when we look out five to six years, the United States is becoming a lot more attractive.”

That trend is likely to continue, said Harold Sirkin, a senior partner at Boston Consulting Group.

According to BCG, Chinese labor costs are rising about 15% to 20% a year. That makes producing goods in China not nearly as cheap as it used to be. For many manufacturers, that narrowing is enough to tip the balance back to U.S. plants.

“I think for many goods, people will say, ‘I don’t want to offshore to China because the economics aren’t as good as making them in the U.S.,’ Sirkin said.

Still, some think the number of jobs coming back to the U.S. will remain relatively small.

“I worry that there’s a very big deal being made out of a few anecdotal instances. I think it’s a lot of wishful thinking going on,” said Alan Tonelson, a research fellow for the U.S. Business and Industry Council, a trade group.

What’s more, countries such as China and India that have profited from U.S. offshoring won’t stand pat and lose the potential jobs without a fight.

“It’s not as if the Chinese government is helpless is to offset this rising wage trend,” Tonelson said. To top of page

First Published: June 17, 2011: 5:34 AM ET
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Good Monday Morning News.

 Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 24th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 26th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 10 are reporting growth in July, in the following order: Paper Products; Furniture & Related Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Transportation Equipment; Wood Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; and Nonmetallic Mineral Products. The seven industries reporting contraction in July — listed in order — are: Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Textile Mills; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Machinery; and Chemical Products.

They are singing our song.  Manufacturing in the US…we’re baaack.  Just call ABA….

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The best headline ever.

Surging China costs forces some U.S. manufacturing companies back home

Small group of companies are boosting production at their U.S. factories…


ABA is here.  Waiting.  Come home.

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