Supply-chain snafus renew interest in reviving US manufacturing. Some analysts aren’t so sure

  • Jerzy Figura, a set up technician at the Rodon Group in Hatfield, monitors the operation of one of Rodon’s automated plastic injection molding machines. The company reshored manufacturing of its K’nex toy line from Asia about a decade ago, and now promotes other manufacturers to bring back their overseas production to America. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Michael Araten knows a thing or two about bringing manufacturing back to the United States. Araten and his company, the Rodon Group, got many accolades and a visit from President Barack Obama a few years ago after shifting assembly of its K’nex brand of plastic construction toys from China to Rodon’s plant in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.