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Tecma Group of Companies offers supply chain management and other services to U.S. manufacturers operating in Mexico.

By Jim Harris

Many U.S.-based manufacturers look to Mexico as a place to produce their goods for a number of reasons. Mexicos proximity to the United States as well as its low overhead costs, among other factors, all contribute to making it an attractive offshoring option.

In recent years, Mexico has proven to be even more desirable as a manufacturing hotbed than China and other Asian countries that traditionally housed factories and exported goods to the United States. The countrys lower taxes and tariffs, more favorable wage structure, economic status and shorter transit times have convinced many to do business there instead of across the Pacific Ocean.

For more than 30 years, the Tecma Group of Companies has made it easy for manufacturers to set up shop in the United States southern neighbor. The El Paso, Texas-based company offers shelter partnership services to U.S. manufacturers.

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Chemours’ supply chain team streamlined processes and eliminated redundant systems to help stabilize the young chemical manufacturer.

By Tim O’Connor

When Chemours spun off from DuPont in July 2015, it found itself it a situation where it had to quickly become more efficient. Chemours was a much smaller company than the chemical conglomerate that had spawned it, and what worked for DuPont wasn’t necessarily the quickest path to stability and success for Chemours.

Chemours needed to become quicker and more nimble, especially its supply chain. “When you’re in this huge company like DuPont you’re not always material to the entire portfolio,” Global Supply Chain Manager Michele van Krieken says. In smaller companies, inefficiencies become more visible and financially impactful to the company.

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AMES sets tolerances in its supply chain to provide motivation and increase communication and collaboration.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

AMES claims to be the third-oldest corporation in America, tracing its history back to 1774 when Captain John Ames began producing the country’s first factory-made shovels. “We’ve been building America ever since, through wartime and peacetime, boom and bust,” the company says. “And we’ve had our share of adventure along the way. We’ve dug for gold, gone on expeditions to Antarctica and built at least two of the Seven Wonders of the modern world.”

Ames kept an account book of the AMES company from 1773 through 1804. In 1784 he completed the first metal shovel, which the company says is the oldest in the country. AMES shovels were used in 1886 to build the Statue of Liberty, the New York subways in 1899 and the Empire State Building from 1929 to 1931. In the West, AMES shovels helped build the Hoover Dam from 1931 to 1935, as well as the Golden Gate Bridge from 1933 to 1937.

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