(March 21, 2013) -- The UTSA International Trade Center and the San Antonio Manufacturers Association will present the "Texas Reshoring Conference 2013" on April 17 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Harry Moser, president of the Reshoring Initiative, a national organization that promotes U.S.-based manufacturing, will lead the conference.
The half-day event is $35 ($45 after April 8) and is open to business owners, business professionals and those interested in learning about the impact of offshoring and the growing benefits of bringing jobs back to America.
Moser will talk to attendees about "total cost of ownership," a term he coined to analyze the real costs of offshoring. He says that bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States could be a cost-saving strategy for companies of all sizes. Other topics will include reshoring as an efficient means to bolster American export sales, create manufacturing jobs and lower costs. The conference also will feature local manufacturing companies that have successfully brought their production back to the United States in the current economic climate.
"For many U.S. manufacturers, conventional wisdom has made offshoring the normal way of doing business. Some companies have this idea so tied to their operational procedures that they don't stop to consider domestic production when bringing new products to market," said Cliff Paredes, director of the UTSA International Trade Center.
"Things are changing though. During his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama called for U.S. companies to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Through this conference and our partnership with Harry Moser, we are helping to bring more attention to this issue and assist U.S. companies as they rebuild their capacity to make their products right here in the U.S."
The UTSA International Trade Center is one of the largest and most successful trade assistance organizations in Texas. It helps companies become globally competitive through technical trade consulting, customized market research and innovative training programs. The center is a specialty SBDC program in the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network. Follow it on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like it on Facebook.
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