Returning from China

An article from Newhouse News Service provides a briefing about an Epson manufacturing plant that closed in Oregon to outsource manufacturing to China and then reopened when its former comptroller recreated the company by tapping the ideas and energy of its much reduced staff of workers.

Not All Outsourced Jobs Are Lost Forever,” by Richard Read, profiles Dave Graham, a “manufacturing vet,” who has managed to oversee the doubling of output in the re-opened plant by automating in new areas, having workers trade visits and ideas with other factories to steal good ideas, and encouraging the workforce to come up with more efficient processes in areas such as quality control.