East Troy, WI (PRWEB) September 11, 2013
As part of a recent trend, Modern Fence Technologies is seeing innovators within the fence industry turn to American made solutions for OEM hardware. Working with product developers from some of the largest fence manufacturers in the world and with individuals who have an idea on how to build a better mousetrap has left the design team at Modern Fence with the expertise to identify and solve the hurdles in developing new products.
Among the driving factors in this switch to American manufacturing is the burgeoning economies of both China and India. In recent years, much of the manufacturing of fence products has taken place in these developing nations, where the extremely low cost of labor offset the cost of transportation of finished goods back to the U.S. Recent growth in the wages and standards of living in these countries, coupled with the growing energy costs of shipping have made the practice less attractive.
In addition, the convenience of working closely without international travel and potential language barriers or “understanding gaps” makes American suppliers more attractive. While the internet and video conferencing have greatly assisted long distance collaboration, barriers to accurate communication still exist between American and international companies. Everything from time zones to cultural differences and the lack of a common first language affects each project, and often, the fewer differences there are between parties in a partnership, the more efficiently the work can continue.
Domestic sources can often be more responsive to production schedules and design changes than overseas producers. If a supply chain is several thousand miles long, lead times are measured in months, not weeks, or even days, as may be the case with American made goods. In today's volatile market, that flexibility is crucial to success, whether dealing with a large, established powerhouse company or a new startup.
No fewer than three companies have identified MFT as their OEM supplier for fence hardware in the past six months, and there are several more in the works. “MFT has led the industry in innovation for more than a decade while upholding the American made banner, and it looks like other industry leaders are seeing the lasting value of employing American labor to build products for the American market,” said a representative of Modern Fence Technologies.