Special Report

Manufacturers Bringing The Most Jobs Back to America

9. Mars Inc.
> Total jobs reshored:
> Country reshored from: N/A
> State benefiting : Kansas
> Industry: Food

McLean, Virginia-based Mars Inc., one of the largest candy companies in the world, announced in 2011 it would build a brand new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kansas. The $270 million plant opened in 2013, and it was estimated it could add 1,000 jobs to the area — jobs that had previously been overseas. As is the case with much of the recent reshoring, the company looked to reduce transportation costs. At the time of the announcement, Mars Vice President of Supply Mike Wittman said, “The site will be a reflection of our commitment to manufacture our products in the markets where we sell them.” A strengthening U.S. dollar was also a factor in the decision, according to the company. Last year, Mars announced a $100 million expansion of the plant. The company estimated the expansion would create another 70 jobs.

8. Farouk Systems
> Total jobs reshored:
> Country reshored from: China
> State benefiting : Texas
> Industry: Electronic appliances

Hair care product manufacturer Farouk Systems announced in 2009 it would move its entire production from a supplier in China to a brand new factory in Houston, Texas. Founder Farouk Shami explained that the company stands to gain from reshoring by improving its image and the quality of its final product. Farouk Systems, which is best known for its line of ceramic hair irons, sells its products all over the world. Roughly 60% of its sales at the time of the announcement, however, were in the United States. The manufacturer explained that it regularly struggles against counterfeiters, primarily from China, and relocating manufacturing to Houston will allow the company to more easily combat fakes.

7. Flextronics (Apple)
> Total jobs reshored:
> Country reshored from: N/A
> State benefiting : Texas
> Industry: Computers

Apple does not have the best reputation for its manufacturing facilities. In particular, the company faced significant outcry from consumers and human rights groups over its contractor Foxconn’s plants in China. There have been a number of worker suicides in recent years in these plants, which have been criticized for suspect working conditions. Through another of its contractors, Apple seen an estimated 1,700 jobs come to the United States from overseas. Singapore-based Flextronics, which builds Apple’s Mac Pro desktop computers, announced in 2013 it would be build the computers in a facility in Austin, Texas rather than overseas.

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