You've read a great deal about restoring jobs or companies bringing their manufacturing operations back to America. We welcome them back with open arms and a big smile.
We strongly believe that it is imperative to keep America working. How strongly do we believe that?
It is the reason why we never left.
When tempted by the advantages of off-shoring jobs, all we had to do is walk out on to the factory floor and watch our people work. We saw the smiles. We saw how much they love making your tools.
Sure you can get labor for less, but what do you get for that? What kind of products will they produce?
We also looked at our beliefs. We firmly believe in the people who come to work every day and make the tools you trust.
We looked at our values and how we see long term relationships. We've had some customers for more than 75 years. We've had business partners for almost as long.
When you look at how it is all interconnected, it truly is who we are.
This business isn't all about money. The P&L does not trump belief in our people.
We've always been like this.
Back in the 1970s when we had a thriving OEM business and our customers asked us to make the tools cheaper so they could compete on price with lower quality products sourced off shore. One by one we helped them transition to other suppliers. Our focus is quality.
We would rather walk away from business than make an inferior tool. So, we walked away.
We welcome those companies who are bringing jobs back to America. We think this is the place to be. We are glad to still be here after more than 80 years.
The next eighty years should prove to be interesting.