By Jason Vander Griendt

January 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm

If you have plans for mass producing, there are many strategies you should inform yourself about beforehand. A lot of segments influence this industry and one of the main decisions when it comes to manufacturing is based on the location of your investment.

Both domestic and foreign manufacturing have their pros and cons, so taking advantages of valuable information and avoiding sources that can cause you unnecessary expenses will surely benefit your company.

Before taking action, be sure to have a clear vision of your goals. Even if you start small, you will aim to prosper, so make decisions that will make sense in the long run. Every product demands a different approach. Having this in mind, you should be aware of its needs.

For example: If a product demands an in-time service, don’t use unreliable sources. Instead, consider a shipping-free source that can be checkable. Finding the best way to produce is of major importance for leading a profitable business.

Quality Assurance

While launching your project, you want to be sure that your idea is running flawless, especially if you’re running a new firm. Domestic manufacturing provides you a controllable insight that will alleviate your concerns about the errors that could potentially occur while serving the product. This option will cost you less time and worries when it comes to quality assurance, than a foreign source.


Although we are living in an information society where communication isn’t a problem, an overseas source won’t provide you such smooth production process. Some situations demand taking action in a timely manner. With a poor communication you won’t be able to manage that, which can result in increasing expenses. Be aware that language barriers can occur also. Domestic manufacturing skips this problem providing you more reliable connections that can help the work efficiency without unnecessary payments.


If you’re on a budget and not sure if you’re able to withstand the whole investment process, foreign manufacturing will save your business. Foreign manufacturers can provide you much cheaper options leaving you space to invest in marketing and development. Countries of Asia will provide you the lowest labor cost that simply can’t compare with domestic companies. Domestic sources demand a little more investment, but you’ll be able to maintain the quality assurance.


Foreign manufacturing can be beneficial in many ways, but there are common mistakes that people make, especially when it comes to shipping. As the price of ocean transportation varies through time, consider avoiding it if you don’t have reliable sources. Products may be produced at a lower cost offshore, but the price of shipping makes the overall investment similar as if you used domestic quality manufacturing.


There isn’t an ultimate choice when it comes to launching your products. It all depends on the type of business you are aiming for. If you are planning to produce massively and have a reliable offshore partner, foreign manufacturing will be the right option for you. On the other hand, if the product has to be time-trustable and error-free, domestic manufacturing is the right decision.

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After reading these considerations you may still not know which option is better for you, we deal with these kinds of choices on a daily basis, so tell us about your project. At J-CAD Inc we’ll be ready to help you, click here to request a quote, give us a call 1.888.202.2052 or Email

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Jason Vander Griendt

Jason Vander Griendt is a Mechanical Engineering Technician with years of experience working at major companies such as SNC Lavalin Inc, Hatch Ltd. Siemens and Gerdau Ameristeel. He is the CEO of JCAD – Inc., a company he started in 2006 after seeing a gap in the market for businesses who could assist clients through the entire product design and manufacturing process.

Jason has been featured in Forbes, has had his businesses analyzed and discussed in multiple start-up books, was a previous winner of the Notable8 Digital Innovator of the year award, and is a regular guest on business panels and podcasts. Email Jason at or follow him on LinkedIn.

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