Originally Posted by Mr. Stealthy
Quite a bit more actually
I really don't agree. There are plenty of non union machine shops around that want the buisness. Hell, there are states paying manufacturing to move in, nearly giving them space and helping with utilities. With advancements in cad software/hardware a machine shop can be up and running in a matter of weeks and churning out product. Everything can be done in house if wanted to control quality. Sure, at first there might be a slightly higher cost, but not enough to warrant off-shoring. The problem is profit margins significantly decrease when production costs increase. So instead of making 30-35% profit they might have to make 15-20%.