In a corner of a manufacturing plant in St. Charles, a dozen workers steadily assembled electric motors that until December were produced in China.
The Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. workers inserted copper wires, tested the assembly and then readied them for the next step, the addition of a gearbox. The end products, gear motors, are used in everything from ice machines to solar panels. At one time it made sense for Bison to import motors from China, but no longer.
The reasons given in the article for the reversal are increasing wages in China and improving productivity in the United States but I suspect there are other reasons at work as well. Based on my own experience one of the motivations for Western companies locating production facilities in China is for access to the Chinese market. I suspect that quite some number of companies have found that aspect of their experience disappointing and their ability to repatriate earnings even more disappointing.