SHERRILL — Sherrill Manufacturing has received the 2019 National Metalworking Reshoring Award in recognition of its success bringing manufacturing back home to the U.S., the company announced.
The award was given by the Reshoring Initiative, the Precision Metalforming Association, the Association For Manufacturing Technology, and the National Tooling and Machining Association.
It honors a company that has effectively reshored products, parts or tooling made primarily by metal forming, fabricating, casting or machining, including additive manufacturing.
Sherrill Manufacturing was selected because its success demonstrates the feasibility of reshoring lost product categories, including everyday products such as flatware, the company said.
It took over the former Oneida Ltd. factory after the Oneida company ceased operating it in 2005 following several decades.
When the Oneida manufacturing stopped, all U.S. flatware production had been lost, primarily to Asia, said Sherrill Manufacturing. But after assuming the Oneida factory, Sherrill Manufacturing said it launched innovative products under the Liberty Tabletop brand and found a more efficient way to market those products. It added that Sherrill Manufacturing is now growing consistently.
“We are very pleased that after many years of hard work our efforts to re-establish the flatware industry in the United States are finally paying off. This is a big win for our employees, who stuck with us through thick and thin, as well as for our customers who are those loyal folks who search for and insist on Made in America,” said Sherrill Manufacturing CEO Greg
A letter of congratulations was announced from Ian Steff, U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing.
“Reshoring 2010 thru 2018 totaled over 450,000 jobs, about four percent of total U.S. manufacturing employment,” said Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative. “Sherrill’s success demonstrates that large categories of work considered to have been ‘lost forever’ are eligible to be reshored. Our goal is to reshore millions more jobs.”
Sherrill Manufacturing says it is the only manufacturer of flatware in the U.S. Through its Liberty Tabletop brand, the company offers a variety of flatware patterns made from 18-10 chromium/nickel stainless steel.