LEE'S SUMMIT, Miss. — R&D/Leverage® is the first U.S. mold maker and Structural Brand Development Company to be certified "Made in the USA®," according to Robert Schiavone, Global Marketing Director for the company, which is the full-service plastic product solutions company that created the "Idea, to Mold" business model.
The announcement from Made in USA Certified, the leader in independent third-party assurance verification for genuine Made in USA products and services, underscores the acceleration of U.S. on-shoring of manufacturing and the concurrent rise of interest in U.S.-sourced products and services amongst customers, the general business community and current and future employees.
"We are proud of our Made in the USA designation, for both our own accomplishments and because it represents the strength and innovation of the U.S. Plastics industry," said Schiavone. "Belief in our country's manufacturing prowess has never been greater. Frankly, the scope, strength and innovation of our homegrown Plastics industry is a beacon to all industrialized nations that the U.S. is firing on all cylinders."
The enhanced problem solving capabilities and scope of expertise of full-service domestic solutions providers such as R&D/Leverage have helped accelerate the flow of project on-shoring to the U.S., as have factors such as rising transportation and labor costs in the Pacific Rim. "When you examine all the elements of the job, from quality to time-to-market, to overall cost, the U.S. plastics solution is extremely attractive to our customers," Schiavone said. "And for those customers seeking certification will look for suppliers that already have won the designation."
"Experienced military veterans as well as younger folks, two groups that will help lead us in our business' future, respond very positively to the Made in the USA designation," he said. "This is a banner that will help us attract the best and brightest of tomorrow's Plastics industry superstars, and re-ignite interest in U.S. industry amongst some just entering the workforce."
Added Made in USA Certified's CEO and Co-Founder, Adam Reiser, "The United States has always dominated the plastics industry. Our country is known the world over as having undisputed quality, workmanship, design and production. This is one leadership position the United States should strive fiercely to protect. We are so pleased to have R&D/Leverage as the very first Made in USA Certified Structural Brand Development and Mold Manufacturer in the U.S."