It’s not often you see a sticker on a product reading, “Made in USA.” But if you did, would that change your personal trust of the product? The New York Times asked Titus Hayes, a watch repair supervisor for the American company, Shinola, about the successes and realities of a U.S. based factory. Shinola is a manufacturer that makes boutique timepieces, bicycle and leather goods in Detroit. Sales for this company have reached to $100 million annually, employing 400 people. It’s motto surrounds the idea to “buy American, hire American.”
Shinola founder, Tom Kartsotis views factory business in a very logistical way. Of the success of his company he explained, “Can we make a difference like G.M. could make a difference? No, we can’t. One giant factory that employs 100,000 people? That’s not gonna happen. But what about 20 factories that employ 200 or 300 people?” The idea to create a span of smaller factories appears more cost efficient all around. It also benefits employees who will land significant jobs that require skill and organization.
Mr. Hayes supplied relevant advice to young people for their career opportunities. Speaking of his own career path to the New York Times he shared, “I never knew anything about this type of manufacturing,” He tells friends still hoping for a Big Three job to “look to the future,” in quiet, clean boutique plants where the starting salary might be lower, but the training is intense and “there are more jobs and opportunities.” What do you think the future would look like for us millennials if working for start-up companies led to our dream careers?