Last month, President Joe Biden signed an executive order pledging to strengthen domestic manufacturing and create markets for new technologies. Suffice it to say, this is something our company can get behind, but when we get right down to it, this is actually a path we’ve been on since our founding in 1969. When we opened our doors, we were producing low volume prototype components. These made way for production orders and eventually to fully tested electro-mechanical assemblies. Today, we’re a recognized contract manufacturer specializing in medium to high volume production of precision machined components and electro-mechanical assembly products. Through all our changes, a few things have remained constant: our commitment to our customers, a desire to deliver quality products and a commitment to American manufacturing.
Details of the Executive Order
According to White House officials, revitalizing the manufacturing sector is a key part of Biden’s broader push to drive up wages, create more union jobs, support minority-owned businesses and strengthen U.S. supply chains. “I don’t buy for one second that the vitality of American manufacturing is a thing of the past,” Biden told reporters before signing the order. “American manufacturing was the arsenal of democracy in World War Two and it must be part of the engine of American prosperity now.”
Today, American manufacturing accounts for 12 percent of the economy of the United States. While significant, this figure has ebbed and flowed through the years, with some companies electing to move production to countries like China or Japan to keep costs down. In 2010, for instance, China overtook the United States to become known as the top manufacturing country worldwide, eventually becoming responsible for nearly 30 percent of global output in 2018.
The DFF Pledge
A benefit of working with DFF is the fact that the majority of our work is conducted on our campus in Agawam, Massachusetts, or performed by one of our trusted suppliers. And, through the efforts of our team and network, we’re able to keep costs down without having to resort to moving all production offshore like some of our competitors must do.
We accomplish this cost-savings in three primary ways. By refining the design of parts for our customers, we oftentimes can simplify their production. Likewise, we can realize efficiencies through our 24/7 lights-out operations. Some of our customers have even benefited from the industrial robots we’ve integrated into cells on our shop floor.
We appreciate the light President Biden has shone on American manufacturing, and hope the executive order encourages more manufacturing work to stay stateside. To our current customers, thank you for recognizing the contributions our company can bring to your own. To those customers we’ve not yet had the pleasure of working with, we welcome a call or email from you to discuss your needs and the way in which we can help to meet them.