USA Screen Printing
There has been and will continue to be a good amount of discussion around USA Screen Printing. When should you send your screen printing off shore and when should you keep it here in the United States?
It’s a great question that fuels a strong debate. Everyone wants to have a healthy margin on their business profits. Everyone wants to get a great deal and everyone complains about U.S. manufacturing jobs being shipped off shore.
But what everyone can’t seem to piece together is that you can’t have all of those things, and have your screen printing done in the U.S. Gasp ! Yeah that’s right, I’ve said it. It costs more to do stuff here in the U.S. So you can’t expect your USA Screen Printing partners to price out jobs the same as you might get from their Chinese competitors. Why not? Read on …
USA Screen Printing
Our company employs 19 Americans. We operated out of a 15,000 sqft. facility in New Jersey and we pay above average wages, taxes and provide free products back to the local communities. You can’t do all of that, AND offer USA Screen Printing at Chinese or Mexican prices.
This is no dig on our partners to the south or the east. It’s simply a fact that in those countries they pay sub-par wages, have dangerous and unhealthy working environment and provide no benefits to their local communities.
Since USA Screen Printing companies, like us, pay our people well, pay our taxes and help our communities, we simply can’t afford to sell you a 5 color printed T-Shirt for $2.00.
So ultimately, the decision on where to spend your screen printing dollars is up to you. If you only concerned about price, are comfortable with how off shore partners operate and are willing to wait for your product, then working off shore is the best option for you.
If you care about your community, your country and the employment of your fellow American’s then USA Screen Printing is the way to go.
American screen printers can be competitive and there is room for everyone to make a profit, but comparing off shore screen printing resources to USA Screen Printing resources, by price alone, will always result in off shore resources being the least expensive (in terms of dollars).
If everyone in the U.S. tried as hard as they could to keep their business in the U.S. our economic future would look vastly different than it does today. Our intent in this BLOG post was not to spur a political debate on the benefit of supporting U.S. Manufacturing, rather highlight that USA Screen Printing is alive and well, and the right choice for many when off shore resources don’t meet your needs.