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On-Shoring: Bringing Business Back to America

Join Kevin McKervey, President of Clayton & McKervey, P.C., as he participates as a panelist at the next University of Michigan – Dearborn College of Business & Executive Speaker Series event. On-Shoring: Bringing Business Back to America, will take place Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 7:30am – 9:30am.

Over the past few years, companies such as Boeing, Coleman, Caterpillar, and GE have begun moving operations back to the U.S. This reverses a long trend of manufacturing and service operations being relocated to other countries. Overtime, the promise of lower manufacturing costs has been offset by increasing rates for foreign labor and energy. Other complexities, including longer supply chains, shipping costs, quality control issues, and geopolitical risks have further eroded the benefits of off- shoring. In brief, has there been a reversal in cost-benefits supporting off-shoring? This session will explore such questions as:

 – What structural changes led to U.S. businesses moving some operations off-shore?
 – Are the earlier public perceptions of lower manufacturing cost still an economic reality?
 – While U.S. companies initially saw advantages to move off-shore, what unforeseen disadvantages occur?
 – What changes have occurred to support moving some business operations back to the U.S.?
 – Are there specific industries that most benefit from operations inside or outside the U.S.?
 – Beyond cost and resource issues, what legal and geopolitical issues have businesses faced?
 – Are U.S. based operations competitive in a global market?

For information and registration, visit: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/cob-executive-speaker-series/events/february-5-title