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Quincy entrepreneur moves his manufacturing work from China to Massachusetts

Quincy entrepreneur moves his manufacturing work from China to Massachusetts

Certainly, on a per unit basis, it’s more expensive to make the Eliminator here. Glynne says his manufacturing costs rose by more than 30 percent. But there are a number of major advantages as well.

Shipping costs all but went away, a particularly important consideration with the high price of fuel. Glynne also doesn’t need to fly to China to check a production run. Instead, he just takes an hour’s drive.plastic injection mold maker

For China to be economical, Glynne ordered in bulk and kept a larger inventory of products. That changed once he hired a local manufacturer. He says his turnaround time dropped from a couple of months to a couple of weeks, so he doesn’t let as much unsold inventory pile up in his warehouse.

Then there’s the marketing benefit of that “Made in the USA” stamp, an appealing label for construction companies. And there’s the satisfaction that comes from contributing to the economy of his home state, the place where many of his friends and family live.

He says he didn’t raise his prices, currently $220 to $280 per trap. Sales are improving, even though he hasn’t really done any advertising yet. He says he already beat his 2010 sales figure of about 4,000 traps, with more than two months left in 2011.

Glynne says his next steps include launching a national ad campaign next spring, rolling out related products and building a new warehouse that he’ll share with C. Spirito in Weymouth.

K&C co-owner Kirt Wilbur says Glynne may be unusual, but he’s not unique: Rising wages in China and high fuel costs are starting to spur more companies to bring their manufacturing work back home.

Wilbur and his wife Carol started their firm in 1978, when it seemed like there was a plastics company on every street corner in Leominster. Most have closed by now, and K&C has shrunk considerably, from a peak of 60-plus workers at its two plants in Leominster and Fitchburg to 25 today.

After enduring a particularly rough five years, Wilbur says he’s optimistic that things are finally starting to turn around. He points to another one of his clients, Stoughton-based Franklin Sports, that brought work back here from China.