MFI International Addresses The U.S. Textile Workers Shortage

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Textiles companies have several major problems, including a shortage of skilled sewers.

MFI International has the solutions, including a highly-skilled workforce.

According to a Sept. 30, 2013, article in The New York Times entitled “A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories,” textiles companies have become dissatisfied with the quality of products made in Asia, the safety record of factories in Asia, and the reliability of the factories’ production schedules.

The article reports that the American textiles industry has a huge opportunity to regain the business it has lost during the past 20 years, but it has had trouble taking advantage of the opportunity because it has a shortage of skilled workers. Since 1990, the American textile industry workforce has declined by 77 percent and the industry is now “scrambling to find workers to fill the specialized jobs that have not been taken over by machines.”

Curiously, the article doesn’t mention the Mexican textile industry at all. It should have because Mexico’s textiles industry is “reclaiming a growing proportion of the US market as it benefits from an increasing focus on higher-value products and greater diversification,” according to BanderasNews.

The Mexican textile industry, including MFI International, has become increasingly successful because its highly-skilled workers are making high-quality products expeditiously and reliably at safe factories. With operations on the Mexican side of the El Paso, Texas-Juarez, Mexico, border, MFI has been a reliable contract manufacturer for American companies for more than 30 years, turning around orders at competitive costs and providing many other benefits for its clients.

MFI’s workmanship is superb because its highly-skilled workers understand that high-quality manufacturing requires detailed attention to a product’s design and relationships with customers. MFIs textile operation in Mexico includes:

* Sewing and assembly
* Inspection and cutting
* Embroidery and quilting
* Engineering and sourcing
* Packaging and fulfillment
* Shipping and distribution

During the early part of the 21st century, the textiles industry in China and other Asian nations boomed as companies sought cheap labor. In the last few years, though, nearshoring — moving manufacturing and other business operations as close as possible to the huge American market — has become more prevalent.

“A shift to onshore or nearshore manufacturing operations for producing local demand in nearby low-cost countries, such as Mexico for the United States, appears to be here to stay as manufacturers look for the next level of competitive advantage,” John Ferreira of supply chain consulting firm Accenture told Inbound Logistics magazine. “In the case of Mexico and Latin America, these moves serve a dual purpose: the ability to accommodate growing markets near customers there, as well as being nearshore to the large U.S.-based demand.”

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