US: Manufacturing at home
Scott Tanis took the plunge and outsourced some of his manufacturing to Asia--and lived to regret it. Six years ago Tanis, owner of 55-person Tanis Inc., a Delafield (Wis.) maker of industrial brushes, decided he couldn't pass up the money he'd save shifting some work to China. Using a broker, he found a plant there to make his labor-intensive twisted-bristle brushes. But within two years, customers of the $9 million company began complaining about quality. Between the language barrier and the time difference, Tanis had trouble fixing things. "Once the problems surfaced it became a big drain on my time," Tanis says. "It was a mistake."
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