Tremendous article in the Dec12 Atlantic Magazine: The Insourcing Boom regarding GEs decision to bring appliance manufacturing back to the U.S. I found it very encouraging. Important points: it takes 5 weeks to get a product Stateside from China. Labor costs are becoming a much lower part of the cost equation when all things are considered. Here is an example of what is lost when manufacturing is disconnected from design. And it is mentioned that when manufacturing is imported, the host country eventually forgets how to manufacture a product. I've been saying this for years! The entire article is worth reading. And here is a rebuttal article also posted in the Atlantic: The Insourcing Boom That Isn't. I've not read it yet because I want to believe the former, not the latter!