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October 31, 2016
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Debunking Buy American, Made in U.S.A. and Assembled in U.S.A.

Our business model brings us often to the negotiation table with representatives of companies who appreciate the benefits we bring to their business in reducing the total cost of ownership, but are worried about “Buy America” and “Made in U.S.A / Assembled in U.S.A.” constraints. On more than one occasion we helped potential clients to understand better those constraints. BUY AMERICA “Buy America” is a complex web of acts and amendments and usually applies to companies providing services or goods to the U.S. government, either at the national or local level and which, consequently, are subject to public purchasing rules. The first Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by the Hoover administration giving precedence to U.S. –made products in public purchasing as part of the legislation meant to fight the Great Depression. According to the act, all goods for public use must be produced in the U.S., and manufactured […]
October 31, 2016

MES Achieves Lead Times Beyond Expectations

Last month, MES’ sourcing team was faced with yet another challenge for the outdoor lighting industry: delivering in record times an aluminum die casting tool of significant size: 1,240 mm x 1,075 mm x 895 mm weighing – 8,300 kg. Mobilizing the Sourcing Manager in China and engaging our most trusted suppliers, MES was able to finish the tooling in 55 days. PPAP parts were sent two weeks later, and the heat sink parts were in production 10 days after PPAP approval. Because of the relatively low volume (5,000), the size and complexity of the part, American suppliers quoted an average of 20 weeks lead time at 3 times the price achieved by MES. At MES, we consider that the lighting industry is the one keeping us on our feet. Unlike automotive programs which take years to kick-off, lighting is extremely fast with short product lifecycles and frequent product introductions. […]
October 31, 2016
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Betting on Industrial Valves and Fittings

At MES Inc. we acknowledge the importance and relevance of industrial valves and fittings manufacturing for a myriad of industries in North America. Although we have witnessed a slow-down of the heavy manufacturing and drilling activities over the past few years, the demand for valves, pumps and fittings has remained relatively constant. While industry revenues declined 5.2% in 2015, and is forecast to decline a further 2.8% in 2016, the industry revenue is expected to grow an annualized 1.6% to $23.2 billion over the five years to 2016 (IBISWorld). The estimated growth is not so much related to a rebound of the petroleum production and refining industries. But because valves remain a vital component in a wide range of manufacturing processes and manufacturing activity and aside from petroleum refining and distribution, valves have applications in markets that range from construction to pharmaceutical manufacturing and wastewater treatment. The construction of new […]
October 31, 2016
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MES Takes On a New Challenge: Oxygen Free Copper

At MES Inc. we love to take on new challenges and no challenge is too big for us. When one of our oldest clients presented us with a request for oxygen free copper to be used in vacuum interrupters, the sourcing team took on the almost impossible task of finding a supplier for the highly restrictive material. Impossible because there are only a handful of suppliers in the world. All high conductivity coppers contain some oxygen as a result of the copper refining process, but certain applications require copper with the highest purity and lowest oxygen levels. This project required the higher purity Cu-OFE (oxygen-free electronic) with 99.99% copper with silver removed and oxygen removed to 0.0010%. No copper is 100% pure but Oxygen Free High Conductivity Copper (OFHC) has only a trace of oxygen. In practice the oxygen content is typically 0.001 to 0.003% with a total maximum impurity […]
October 26, 2016
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Congratulations to MES President, Hiten Shah, for being recognized once again as one of the top executives by Smart 50.

Congratulations to MES President, Hiten Shah, for being recognized once again as one of the top executives by Smart 50 for his ability to effectively build and lead a savvy organization in 2016. The same tenets that drive Hiten’s successes-  innovation, impact, and sustainability, are the same values that Smart Business looks for. Hiten built MES, Inc. on a culture of trust and honesty, where employees have the freedom to express themselves and where everyone in the company strives to treat all people—coworkers, customers, and suppliers—fairly and transparently. MES today incorporates both his ambitious work ethic and his personal values. MES is a global sourcing and supply chain management which currently employs over 90 people internationally between the US, China, India, Mexico, Vietnam and Australia. Our talented staff includes six sigma engineers, sourcing experts, quality inspectors, supply chain experts, sales and account managers, business analysts and support staff to ensure best-in-class metrics for the work we do. […]
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