Vollrath happy to return manufacturing to Sheboygan
From 2002 to 2010, the Sheboygan-based Vollrath food equipment company made its food pans for the international market in China -- up to 3 million a year.
The company did it because it was less expensive, "but that’s no longer the case,” Vollrath executive Guy Kwaterski told a Madison International Trade Association luncheon gathering. He is now the company’s credit director, but formerly served as its logistics manager.
A decade ago, it was something of a no-brainer for companies to ship manufacturing abroad to cut costs. Vollrath’s move was part of a wave of similar decisions that contributed to the reduction of U.S. manufacturing employment by around 6 million jobs, or roughly a third, between 2000 and 2010.
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