More people learning about manufacturing truths lean thinkers have known for a long time. Made (again) in America
But other longtime outsourcers, such as Regal Ware Inc., a 500-employee maker of high-end cookware (sets go for as much as $4,000), have discovered that manufacturing abroad has another drawback: it isn’t nearly as efficient as they had hoped.
“We either had too much inventory, or not enough” of the products Regal Ware outsourced to China, says Jeffrey Reigle, CEO of the Kewaskum, Wisc.-based company. “We figured there had to be a better way.”
The better way, it turns out, proved to be right under his nose, at two Wisconsin plants where Regal Ware has produced stainless steel pots and pans for more than 50 years.