A new website has been launched with the mission of helping Kansas businesses take advantage of any opportunities that might help them as a result of the reshoring movement.
At a Wichita press conference on Sept. 25, Gov. Sam Brownback talked about TheKansasEdge.com.
The website provides information on the numerous advantages Kansas provides and highlights the strengths and capabilities of the vast array of small and medium sized supply chain companies in the state. The website also includes a database of Kansas suppliers that can be used by Kansas based manufacturing companies in evaluating sourcing decisions, as well as manufacturers in other states and countries.
"The Kansas Edge is a comprehensive, unique initiative that leverages our strong manufacturing base, pro-growth business environment and inherent advantages," said Brownback. "The initiative will promote the advantages in cost, quality, efficiency and convenience that can be found only in Kansas."
Brownback signed a proclamation during the press conference to declare Oct. 3 Manufacturing Day. The proclamation recognizes the important role manufacturing plays as a driver of the Kansas economy and encourages Kansans to celebrate manufacturers and learn more about this vital industry.
Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, was on hand to outline how to reshore jobs to Kansas. Several Kansas business leaders discussed the success they have had in capturing work associated with reshoring opportunities. Dr. John Tomblin, vice president for research and technology transfer for Wichita State University, explained how the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership enhances the efforts of Kansas manufacturers.
The Kansas Edge website highlights Kansas' world-class business climate with information about tax rates, the regulatory environment, career and technical training and engineering abilities, low energy costs, university research and technology transfer capabilities, and logistics and infrastructure. The website will help Kansas companies reshore jobs with information covering a number of topics such as wages, energy resources, transportation and quality.
The cost of offshoring
"Businesses that have moved work overseas usually don't consider the total cost of offshoring," said Moser. "Many are now realizing that when all costs, risks and strategic impact are considered, there are significant advantages to bringing those jobs back to the U.S."
"Reshoring efforts have opened doors to both manufacturers and suppliers in the U.S.," said Patty Koehler, president of Wichita based JR Custom Metal Products. "Reshoring creates jobs and reduces lead times and transportation costs. Most importantly it gets the end product to market."
For more information about reshoring and manufacturing in Kansas and to view the supplier database, please visit TheKansasEdge.com.