Conference Presenters

Keynote Speaker:  Harry Moser


To Offshore or Reshore: How to Objectively Decide

Recent reshorings by Apple, GE and Foxconn are causing companies to reevaluate offshoring and reshoring. Increasingly, companies are recognizing manufacturing location's impact on innovation, time to market, inventory, IP risk, consumer preference, etc. The Reshoring Initiative's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Estimator software helps companies quantify these costs and 23 more. If companies make sourcing decisions based on TCO instead of price or landed cost, about 25% of what has been offshored would come, while increasing profitability and reducing risk. 
Learn how to use the free Initiative tools: TCO Estimator for sourcing decisions (main focus); Case Studies for free publicity about your reshoring successes; Library for seeking customers and competitors that are reshoring.

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About the Keynote Speaker, Harry Moser

Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative grew up experiencing the glory of U.S. manufacturing.

Moser's father - a manager, and grandfather - a foreman, worked for the once sprawling Singer Sewing Machine Company factory in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Moser himself spent summer vacations during high school and college working at the plant.

But that was then. The Singer factory is now gone as are a long list of other American manufacturing plants and companies due to decades of offshoring. Not wanting to see even more U.S. manufacturing jobs disappear, Moser decided to start the Reshoring Initiative to help companies recognize that U.S. manufacturing is often the most profitable choice.

With more than 45 years of manufacturing experience (most recently as chairman emeritus of Charmilles Technologies Corporation (now GF AgieCharmilles)), Moser is a leading industry spokesman for reshoring and for developing the skilled manufacturing workforce required by reshoring.

Largely due to the success of the Reshoring Initiative, Moser was inducted into the 2010 Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame and named Quality Magazine’s 2012 Quality Professional of the Year. He participated in President Obama’s 2012 Insourcing Forum, testified at a Congressional hearing on reshoring and manufacturing, and has been featured in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Bloomberg Businessweek.

In an effort to further encourage manufacturing education, Moser sits on the board of The National Institute of Metalworking Skills - an institute providing credentials for skilled manufacturing. Moser is also the president of the Swiss Machine Tool Society. He received a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Science in Engineering at MIT. He also received an MBA from the University of Chicago.