29 Jun '11, 3pm

Is Sustainability Bringing 'Made in the USA' Back into Vogue?

Is Sustainability Bringing 'Made in the USA' Back into Vogue?

Last week I had a drink with my father-in-law and a well connected colleague of his from China. My father-in-law runs a mid-market consumer package good company; his products are mainly manufactured in Asia. During our chat I started to wonder whether sustainability makes the economics of bringing manufacturing back from China to the U.S. more enticing. More and more U.S. companies are reconsidering their "made abroad" decisions. CNN ran an article on June 17 that highlighted decisions by GE, Carbonite, and NCR to relocate manufacturing jobs from China, India, and Brazil to the U.S. But do the economics support these decisions? Initially I didn't think so. Surely the labor cost gap between the U.S. and China is insurmountable. Then I came across a report BCG published last month that forecasts labor costs in the two countries will "converge by 2015." Specifically BCG cites...

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