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February 8, 2017

Congratulations to MES President and CEO, Hiten Shah, for being selected as one of the 2017 Small Business Leader Award Finalists

Congratulations go out to MES President and CEO, Hiten Shah, for being selected as one of the top Small Business Leaders by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce for his considerable success, leadership skills, innovation, and contributions to the community. Learn more about the award at: When asked about how leadership contributes to the success of the company, Hiten mentions: Leadership to run and grow the company over a sustained time frame requires a mix of qualities including understanding customer needs, aligning team members to focus on those customer needs and enabling operations and processes to be formed to perform functions in a consistent fashion. Key qualities required to grow a global supply chain business are:   Sensitivity and understanding of global cultures. Ability to assess and take calculated risks Willingness and open to failures while trying to create solutions Listening to the customer and to your people. Most people […]
February 1, 2017

MES Talks to the OEIP Class on the Importance of Free Trade Agreements

MES Inc. takes great pride in its ongoing collaboration with academia not only to tap into the great resource that the students enrolled in the top business programs represent, but also to contribute to their exposure to the challenges businesses face on a regular basis. Part of this collaboration, last week, Alina Harastasanu our own Business Analyst gave a presentation to the students enrolled in the Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP) on the importance of the Free Trade Agreements. Alina talked about several topics of interest to US companies engaging in import-export, including:   The results of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) since its creation, including the biases on trade deficit and loss of US manufacturing jobs; What changes we can expect from the new Presidential Administration and how they will impact companies, especially the automotive industry; The consequences of US withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), identifying winners […]
January 10, 2017
MES - The Uncertainty of NAFTA

The Uncertainty of NAFTA

MES Inc. decision to expand its operations in Mexico was related to our largest North American clients’ strategic approach to invest in the country. We have started shipments to Mexico in 2011 and by the winter of the same year we were already warehousing and serving our clients out of Monterrey.  We have been consolidating our presence in Mexico ever since and continue to add staff. About 20% of our business comes today from Mexico. MES Inc., like most of our clients in Mexico, is worried, not so much about the actual change in the provisions of NAFTA or by the potential withdrawal of the US, but by the uncertainty surrounding the issue. Because there is no precedent in the history of modern trade relationships where US withdrew from a trade agreement, nobody knows what to expect or the timeframe to expect it within. This is disrupting our clients’ strategy […]
January 10, 2017

MES Supplier Conference in China

Last month, MES Inc. was honored to host the first Annual Supplier Conference in Ningbo, China. Organized by our Chinese branch and with the participation of CEO Hiten Shah, MES Inc. hosted over 20 suppliers coming from different parts of the country representing different commodities and different manufacturing processes. On the occasion of the event, MES Inc. launched a new Preferred Supplier Program where the suppliers are expected to maintain a certain level of quality, improve production lead times, deliver on time and participate in cost reduction initiatives. MES’ commitment in exchange is that it will source more projects from these preferred suppliers and reduce raw material and exchange rate risk. Under the name of “Supplier – Quality Awards”, Hiten Shah recognized those suppliers who have grown with MES and who, by working with us and following our recommendations, have improved significantly. The award was designated in 3 categories: Quality, Price […]
January 10, 2017

Case Study – Extrusions

A Case Study on extrusions manufactured for the Lighting and Automotive industries.
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