Alabama Puts the Out in Outsourcing

By Freddie Pierce
As part of a growing trend among lawmakers seeking solutions to the unemployment crisis, the government of Alabama is welcoming Chinese outsourcing pro...

As part of a growing trend among lawmakers seeking solutions to the unemployment crisis, the government of Alabama is welcoming Chinese outsourcing projects to employ American workers.

It's a stunning reversal for Americans who, only a short generation ago, found themselves losing jobs to Chinese workers in the outsourcing boom of the 90s. Now, to those with the capital to invest, it seems that recession-ravaged Alabama is as good a place to source as any.

And politicians are only too eager to roll out the red carpet, with special tax credits being offered to offset anti-dumping duties for manufacturing processes that can be damaging to the environment.

 

"It gives Alabama a leg-up against other states in attracting big business," said Linda Swann, Alabama assistant secretary of commerce. 

SEE RELATED STORIES FROM THE WDM CONTENT NETWORK:

·         The Coming Supply Chain Renaissance

·         Did Steve Jobs’ Death Shine a Light on the Supply Chain?

Click here to read the latest edition of Supply Chain Digital

Investor Raymond Cheng, CEO of the Hong Kong-based consulting firm the SoZo Group - which has investments in Alabama factory operations - believes it to be simply the next step in commercial relations between the two superpowers. 

"It is a natural evolution that as Chinese companies grow into global brands, they will come to the U.S., the largest consumer market in the world," he said. 

Click here to download Supply Chain Digital’s iPad app!

Share

Featured Articles

Weekly news round-up across supply, logistics & procurement

CIPS chief in supply cash-flow warning; Women do better in large firms - Gartner; Accenture Euro chief's Ukraine advice; Dell supply head's green goals

UST webinar on managing supply risk available on-demand

Global CPO David Loseby and UST's Jonathan Colehower share insight on using technology, both to mitigate supply chain risk and to gain supply visibility

Global land, sea and air logistics news round-up

Global logistics IoT spend ‘will top $32bn by 2032’; UN $10mn grant for explosion-hit Port of Beirut; Costa Rica ransomware attack causes ports chaos

Comfort zones the enemy of sustainability - CIPS economist

Sustainability

Women in supply fare better in large firms - Gartner report

Digital Supply Chain

What can be done to avert food catastrophe foreseen by UN?

Logistics