Made in USA Manufacturing: Forbes Says…

Made in USA Manufacturing - ManchesterWood.com“more than half of made in USA manufacturing executives at companies with sales more than $1 billion plan re-shore production to the U.S. from China or are actively considering it, according to a 2013 survey by The Boston Consulting Group.”*

In a recent Forbes article Why ‘Made In The USA’ Is Making A Comeback discusses the hopes of major corporations “re-shoring” production to re-strengthen a once boisterous made in USA manufacturing culture. The biggest competitive advantage of a domestic supply chain for consumers? Shipping time.

With a long supply chain K’NEX had to make bets on which property would be hot six months or more ahead of the holiday shopping season, says CEO Michael Areten…

“We got a call from a retailer a few weeks before Christmas that they had shelf space to fill, and I told them we’ll make the products this week and fill the shelves next week,” Araten says. “You can’t do that if you’re bringing it in from Asia.”

We’d have to agree with this assessment on a macro level for the made in USA manufacturing discussion. Aside from quality and customer care, which we so strongly believe in at Manchester Wood delivery is a key element to success. Most of our handcrafted solid wood furniture made in the USA is packed and shipped typically within 48 hours of the order taking place. With most customers receiving their furniture within a week. Free shipping too! It’s not a bad business model for a small family-run furniture manufacturer like us. Discover the benefits of made in USA manufacturing, whether through large retailers carrying American made products or through local and direct retail outlets.

*PTCVoice: Why ‘Made In The USA’ Is Making A Comeback – Forbes. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/ptc/2014/02/05/on-shoring-can-bring-competitive-advantage-for-manufacturers/

American Small Business Represented in Sochi

American Small Business at Sochi
Photograph by Bruce Lipsky/Florida Times-Union via AP Photo

An American small business makes small contribution to U.S. Olympic Team.

Kurt and Melissa Walchle, owners of Survival Straps believed regardless of Team USA’s big corporate clothing and equipment suppliers their 66 employees could supply just what they needed. And it happened. Now if only we could get them to think about an American small business making made in USA furniture for the team too!? ;-) 

As Bloomberg Businessweek reported*, Survival Straps, which weaves sturdy bracelets from paracord: a material made for parachute ropes, began at their kitchen table selling on EBay. However, a few years went by, things got bigger, and like how its supposed to go in the “American dream” last year they made a deal to provide the U.S. Olympic Team with Team USA-emblazoned, red-white-and-blue bracelets and luggage tags.

I guess the marketing high of the Olympics isn’t reserved for just big companies anymore like Ralph Lauren – the team’s outfit designer and manufacturer. Is this a sign of American small business being proudly represented on the world stage some more? After all, 23 million American small businesses account for 54% of all U.S. sales.** They also provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s.**

Keep a look out for Survival Straps tonight at the Opening Ceremony and throughout the the Sochi Winter Olympic Games as a representation of all American small business, like ourselves and the many, many others. Let us know in the comment section if you see them!

*A Small Business Hopes to Spot Its Olympic Bracelets at Sochi – Businessweek. (Feb 6, 2014). Retrieved from http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-06/a-small-business-hopes-to-spot-its-olympic-bracelets-at-sochi
**Small Business Trends | SBA.gov. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.sba.gov/content/small-business-trends

Classic Furniture Shaker Style: Solid Wood Desks

472.3brandedAt Manchester Wood our solid wood tables and desks are some of the most sought after in American made furniture. As American furniture manufacturers we take pride in the tradition of producing shaker furniture made in the USA entirely, the same as the roots of the timeless tradition began.

Our Shaker Secretary Desk is a solid wood desk that’s handmade for the home office; or  for perhaps as a recipe desk in the kitchen. Customers have also found it to be the perfect laptop computer desk in a small study. The Shaker Secretary Desk is a universal classic shaker desk with great storage design and strong Americana lines.

Here’s what a few customers are saying about it:

Exactly what I wanted
Review by Janice

“The desk is just what I have been looking for. I bought 3 items, my husband put all 3 items together in much less time than he could put together 1 poorly made imported item. The desk is beautiful, solid wood & it was made in AMERICA. Thank you for offering quality furniture.”

Perfect
Review by picky       

“I am so happy with my little desk. Arrived in perfect condition, easy to assemble, and was surprised by the quality. I can’t believe I was able to get a solid wood, nicely finished product for such a decent price. I have seen particleboard and cheap pine furniture at similar price points. I am also thrilled that it is made in the USA. 100% satisfied.”

Compact Secretary DeskA trimmer version of our Shaker Desk is our Compact Secretary Desk. A shaker table as all our others – handmade and built to last. It’s the perfect size for a work nook in a small living space.

Here’s what a customer says about it:

Wonderful!
Review by pj

“This is a high quality piece of furniture. Assembly instructions were easy to follow. The wood is beautiful, and the desk is a great addition to the room where it’s placed. I’m using it for an extra large computer monitor, and there’s enough room to place the speakers on either side. The drawer opens and closes easily. I had hoped that it would be sturdy and as attractive as it appears to be in the photo online. It’s both! If you’re on this fence, I’d strongly recommend that you buy it, and I expect you’ll be as pleased with it as I am. Customer service was outstanding, and the delivery was prompt.”

Take a look at our assortment of Shaker desks, and all our collection of furniture in Shaker style, which combines classic shaker lines with modern Americana flavor to provide a stylish and functional piece of solid wood furniture with a meticulous handcrafted construction.