Deciding where to locate a manufacturing facility or a node in the supply chain is complex and goes beyond the sole focus on hourly wage comparisons between locations. Firms should consider additional questions to fully assess costs and risks, including:

The Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) tool provides businesses with the analytic framework and resources to enable informed decision making. When considering all factors, the United States offers many competitive advantages, from a strong business climate to a highly-skilled and productive workforce. Additionally, companies that are expanding their workforce within the United States or bringing jobs to the United States may be eligible for assistance from the Commerce Department's Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Commercial Service offices, SelectUSA, Economic Development Administration, or other agencies.

One resource many companies may find valuable is MEP Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) tool. Building upon the Assess Costs Everywhere framework, MEP created the TCO tool to help businesses determine the total costs of one supplier relative to up to three others under multiple scenarios. TCO focuses on minimizing the total costs while maximizing value to the customer. It encourages a sharper focus on the big-picture concept of complete supply chain optimization.

We encourage you to use the resources provided on ACE to help your business succeed and to contact us anytime if you have additional questions or need more information.

  • For more information on reshoring and foreign direct investment, contact SelectUSA.