The End of an Era

HGR Entrance Construction

Over the last 20 years, HGR has opened the doors to customers and employees alike, providing new opportunities through machinery sales or employment. Countless used CNCs, Welders, and Shop Equipment have found new homes and a new purpose by the people who have walked through those doors.  Plenty of things have changed in those 20 years, but not these doors. Since the first customer walked through them in 1998, the doors have remained the same. The whole rear of the building was rebuilt, the showroom was expanded, companies have come and gone at 20001 Euclid Avenue, and the front sales office is unrecognizable to customers who haven’t been here in a few years. But those doors remained.  Well, the end of an era is here.

 

HGR New Entrance Blueprint

This week, the wrecking crew began the overhaul of the front facade. The normal entrance has been temporarily moved to the Shipping Office doors because the show must go on so, pardon the dust. It’s exciting to look forward to what the future has to offer and the brand new look of HGR Industrial Surplus.  Plans include a new entrance and a patio area for waiting or enjoying our free lunch on Wednesdays. Don’t worry. Those haven’t changed, and most likely never will. In the winter we do pizza from local places like Rascal House, Congin’s , and NEO Sports Plant to name a few.

By the way, did you want to see what it looked like as the front entrance came down? We were able to catch up at the right moment when they started to work on it. The steel underneath held its ground and put up quite a fight. You could feel the struggle as if it didn’t want to let go of its past. Finally, in the end, the outcome was the same. The bare brick stares back at the facade that once guarded it against the elements and wonders what is to come. Click on the video below to see this epic battle.

Reshoring America’s Jobs

Reshoring America's Jobs

Reshoring America’s Jobs are current buzz words being thrown around and for good reason. It is the practice of transferring your business operation that was overseas and back to the country it was originally located. The new Reshoring Initiative providing $100 million dollars to develop apprenticeship programs, legislation introduced to help close trade deficit, and a Reshoring Initiative president has been appointed to the Department of Commerce Investment Advisory Council. All big steps needed to move this initiative forward.

Back in the 1960s (1) you saw a trend of Offshoring begin within companies, but wasn’t under heavy public scrutiny until the 1970s. The thought process was that Offshoring would grant the companies cheaper labor and lower production costs, not to mention tax breaks and financial incentives. While some of these things may have occurred, it wasn’t without its flaws. Some of the disadvantages were quality control problems, time zone adjustments, language barriers, and effects on jobs where the company was originally based. These issues may have had an effect that led to the new Reshoring Initiative.

The Great Recession of 2008 forced companies to find alternative ways to cut costs by reshoring their businesses to the United States to create jobs for unemployed Americans. Since then, Reshoring has become a political priority with the SelectUSA program being started in 2011 (2) and the urging of major corporations to lead the change by setting the example.

Is your company looking to Reshore or would like some more information about it? Visit http://www.reshorenow.org and see how they can assist your business. They provide various resources like the ones listed on their site below.

The Reshoring Initiative is focused on Reshoring America’s Jobs which is helping companies shift collective thinking from “offshoring is cheaper” to “local reduces the total cost of ownership.” We do this by assisting manufacturers and suppliers in making sourcing decisions by providing valuable tools and resources including:

* Total Cost of Ownership Estimator® — an intuitive online calculator for determining a company’s profit and loss impact of reshoring vs. offshoring
* Case Studies — a collection of reshoring success stories from manufacturers, technology suppliers, and distributors
* Reshoring Library — an online searchable database derived from over 2,900 articles on reshoring
* Webinarsnews items and presentations — archives of past Reshoring Initiative events and articles you can use to inform customers or employees
* Personalized Help evaluating the offshore/reshore sourcing decision

 Other Resources
* Survey data on U.S. consumer preference for Made in America products.
* PowerPoints
* Data
* Economic Development Program
* Skilled Workforce program

 

 

CNC Turning Machines Show Growth Through 2025

CNC Turning Machine Graph

CNC Turning Machines are an important part of the manufacturing process. If you are a machine dealer or own a machine shop of any sort, it is important to keep an eye on the landscape of the business. While no one knows the future, one can look into the past, notice trends, and reasonably set goals that are achievable and sustainable. From a report created by hexaresearch.com they take a look at the upcoming CNC Turning Machine’s projected market value through 2025. Below is a summary. You can see the whole report here.

The US market value in 2016 for CNC Turning Machines was estimated at 7.88 billion USD and has been projected to continue to grow more than 4% from 2017-2025. Automation processes are likely to improve and result in lower human errors that may cause downtime or inefficiency. This increase in productivity should affect growth. There has also been an increase in mass-produced items, so that may attribute and fuel the industry’s growth.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will most likely lead to software being developed that allow CNC machines to be more compatible with PCs and smart devices. This change could eliminate the need for multiple positions or supervisors, which decreases the workforce, but gains profits for the company. With greater connectivity, faster and more efficient outcomes should be the result.

To look deeper at a few different segments within CNC Machining, lathes are expected to maintain their position on top of the hierarchy. Due to being able to handle complex operations, the versatility will make for higher demand in the 2025 forecast period. Milling machines should grow at a faster pace with the increase in the use of Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) to help improve accuracy and efficiency.

Overall, the world of CNC machining is approaching a very intriguing time and boom in technology. Today’s machines are becoming smarter, faster, and more efficient by the day, and with so many companies out competing for their market share, I don’t expect the growth or innovations to stop any time soon.

When it comes to Used CNC machines, however, look no further than HGR Industrial Surplus. When those companies upgrade their equipment to new machines, they have to do something with their old machinery. They aren’t going to throw it out, and scrapping it involves too many hands and too much time. So what do they do with it? They sell it to HGR Industrial Surplus and maximize their Return on Investment (ROI). Why would you want old machinery when everything is trendy towards new technology? Cost. Not everyone is a major corporation that can follow the current technology trend at the breakneck speeds it moves at. But their need for new technology is your gain. If the machines fit your applications, you can save thousands by using HGR as your resource for used machinery. You may have an older machine that needs to keep running and you’re having a hard time finding parts. HGR may have that machine. Why not have a salvage machine to pilfer parts from when needed? The uses are endless. So don’t waste time and start shopping for your future now! hgrinc.com