Did you want to start manufacturing domestically? Why do so many companies manufacture overseas? Is it just to save money?
It is hard to understand both domestic and overseas manufacturing. Rules, regulations and capabilities can vary drastically depending on where your factory is located.
Large run, machine driven manufacturing can be less expensive and more easily controlled using U.S. manufacturers. You can sit back and let a reliable, domestic manufacturer walk you through the whole process. Tooling up and churning out your product at the touch of a few buttons (and the help of some very large machines) may be the right choice for you! Startup costs can be high as the quantities to make these runs require a heavy commitment.
Not ready for the heavy burden? If you are looking to start small I know how to get your domestic tooling started for as little as $5,000 per part. This tooling is not long lasting but if you are not ready to commit, this could be a way to test your product in small markets.
Maybe your idea requires hand assembly. You might have to look overseas. Unless you are crafting it yourself, overseas manufacturing will most likely better serve you. Detailed and hand assembled products are almost exclusively manufactured outside of the U.S. In 2009, the ninth most common type of workplace injuries were repetitive motion or repetitive stress injuries. Repetitive stress complications resulted in losses of $1.97 billion, per the Liberty Mutual 2011 Workplace Safety Index. It is hard to keep U.S. manufacturers interested in working on such high-risk projects. Overseas manufacturers do not face the same restrictions.
Many products with multiple parts and pieces are manufactured in multiple countries. Part A is made in the United States. Part B is manufactured in Mexico. Then Part C is molded and painted in China. All the parts are finally brought together and packaged before shipping worldwide to distributors.