MCLEAN, Va.—Sherrill Manufacturing, maker of the Liberty Tabletop brand of flatware, won the 2019 National Metalworking Reshoring Award in recognition of the company’s success in bringing manufacturing back to the United States. The award honors a company that reshored products, parts, or tooling made primarily by metal forming, fabricating, casting, machining, or additive manufacturing.

“We are very pleased that after many years of hard work, our efforts to re-establish the flatware industry in the United States are finally paying off,” said Greg Owens, CEO of Sherrill Manufacturing, in a statement. “This is a big win for our employees, who stuck with us through thick and thin, as well as for our customers, who are those loyal folks who search for and insist on Made in America. I was honored to accept this award for them, the dedicated silversmiths at Sherrill, and in recognition of our customers, who have supported the comeback of flatware manufacturing in the USA.”

The National Metalworking Reshoring Award is given by the Reshoring Initiative, the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). It was presented to Sherrill in March at the MFG Meeting, organized by AMT and NTMA, in Tucson, Arizona. A letter of congratulations from Ian Steff, U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, was also announced.

Sherrill Manufacturing won the award because it reshored a product category that was considered to have been lost to overseas manufacturing, primarily in Asia. Flatware—knives,  forks, and spoons—hadn’t been made in the United States since Oneida Limited ceased manufacturing in Oneida, New York, in May 2005. Sherrill Manufacturing took over the Oneida flatware factory, launched innovative products under the Liberty Tabletop brand, and found a more efficient way to market those products online. Sherrill is now growing consistently.

Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, said nothing is off limits when it comes to reshoring. He said economics drives reshoring, and when manufacturing firms really investigate the true costs of manufacturing overseas, they often find it’s less costly to manufacture in the United States.

Moser urged manufacturers to use the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Estimator®, a free online tool created by the Reshoring Initiative, to figure out where they should make their parts. The TCO Estimator takes into account 29 cost and risk variables to calculate the true costs of ownership of parts manufactured by different sources.

Moser said the richest, most likely opportunities for reshoring are found among products that are both imported by some firms and made in the USA by other firms.

“If Toyota is assembling cars here, it probably makes sense for Volkswagen to assemble cars here,” he said. He added that bringing assembly operations back to the U.S. will help lead other processes, such as steel or glass manufacturing, to come back as well.

The 2020 National Metalworking Reshoring Award will be presented next fall during IMTS 2020 show.

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