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Reshoring Initiative survey seeks U.S. policy changes

Moser: Call to action for furniture manufacturers

furniture mfgKILDEER, Ill. — The Reshoring Initiative is encouraging the furniture industry to participate in a new national survey developed to help bring back manufacturing jobs to the U.S.

Manufacturers and distributors can complete the survey online. Survey findings will be shared with the Trump administration, Congress and survey respondents later this year. The survey organizers said the survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will close at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 20.

“This is your chance to help bring furniture industry jobs back. The tide is turning, with more than 7,000 furniture industry jobs brought back since 2010. This survey’s results will be used to identify price gaps vs. offshore and the national policy changes needed to close those gaps and accelerate reshoring,” said Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative.

According to Reshoring Initiative, for the first time in decades, more manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S. than are going offshore. However, it estimates about 4 million manufacturing jobs have still been lost to offshoring over the last decades, based on the $500 billion U.S. trade deficit.

The Reshoring Initiative concludes that about 25% of these jobs are reshorable at current levels of U.S. competitiveness. The survey will provide insight into the mix of policy changes needed to reshore the other 75%.

The national survey is a joint project from Reshoring Initiative and Plante Moran, one of the nation's largest accounting, tax and consulting firms.

Erin BergErin Berg | Associate Editor

Erin Berg is an Associate Editor for Furniture/Today. After earning her B. A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, Erin began her career in marketing where she served clients in a wide variety of industries from film and television entertainment to aviation. Erin lived in Italy and four different states before landing in North Carolina in 2009.

Erin can be reached at EBerg@furnituretoday.com or at 336-605-1040.

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