Red, White and Gray
Though domestic manufacturing might cost a little more—or a lot more, depending on the type of product—the fact that suppliers can have their hands in every step of the production process is a built-in guarantee. “It has a lot to do with control of our products,” Gaida said. “It’s a lot easier for us in Minnesota to make a trip to a component manufacturer … it’s a quick trip, it’s relatively inexpensive,” he added.
Finn agreed: “Every day, all day, I work with the people producing our products.” In an industry that prides itself on building and maintaining relationships, it’s impossible to put a price on that kind of face time.