Key Seminar for manufacturers evaluating manufacturing in Mexico, as their nearshore option.
El Paso, TX, May 2, 2013 -- MFI International is proud to announce that their CEO, Lance R. Levine, will be participating at a key industry event entitled Nearshoring Mexico 2013. The event takes place on June 11-12 in Dallas, Texas.
The event will bring together numerous companies across many industries that are looking to “Re-shore” or bring their production closer to the U.S. and consider Mexico as a low cost and viable venue, as well as “hands-on” manufacturers, supply chain partners, site selectors, transportation, logistics and shelter service providers involved in Mexico’s manufacturing industry.
In particular, Mr. Levine will be participating at a forum on June 12th, entitled “Security Best Practices,” with a special emphasis on:
With more than 40 years’ experience with manufacturing in Mexico, Mr. Levine brings a keen insight into the current situation. When asked about the upcoming forum, Mr Levine commented, “My main goal is to address current situations and best practices on security and crossborder manufacturing in today’s maquiladora’s environment.”
He continued, “Conferees already recognize the benefits of nearshoring. Everything from reduced costs, faster time-to-market, improved product quality and better overall control of the manufacturing process are there. Now, for the most forward looking companies, it’s not a matter of “if” but of”when. MFI wants to help make it as soon as possible.”
Nearshoring Mexico 2013 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown on June 11th and 12th, 2103. It is the one must-attend event for any executive contemplating a decision to nearshore in Mexico. Mr. Levine and the other guest speakers will undoubtedly offer some keen observations on the benefits and the process.
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"MFI International manufacturing services, will support Sundance Enterprises Inc. rapid growth in the medical device industry."
EL PASO, TX, April 07, 2013 -- MFI International adds new production lines to support manufacturer based in White Plains, New York, Sundance Enterprises, Inc., a leader in the development, production, and marketing of unique patient positioning products, patient care surfaces, and related medical devices.
Since 1982, MFI operates "cut and sew" facilities in Mexico that serve a variety of industries. For the medical field, these facilities have produced and exported from clean room garments, emergency readiness products, wound care and are now adding positioning devices. MFI International is ISO 90001:2008 certified, C-TPAT certified and practices six sigma principles to ensure superior quality throughout the manufacturing process.
According to the company's C.E.O., William Purdy, "From the very beginning of our relationship MFI International's ability to provide both timely deliveries and consistently high quality product has enabled Sundance to grow without the worry of not being able to deliver to our customers. Extremely organized, very communicative and most of all a pleasure to work with, MFI is a key supplier to Sundance."
MFI's C.O.O., Lawrence Wollschlager adds, "Our goal in this venture with Sundance is to develop a long-term relationship by providing a full package solution that will comply with their highest quality standards, in a cost effective and timely manner. MFI has the experience, knowledge and mature infrastructure to produce their unique products, and quickly react upon a growing demand of their customer base."
About Sundance Enterprises Inc.
Based in White Plains, New York, Sundance Enterprises, Inc. is a leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of unique patient positioning products, patient care surfaces, and related medical devices. Since its inception Sundance has followed the maxim that research, development and clinical collaboration is the foundation for improved patient care. From its original static air immersion pressure reduction systems, to the highest level of pressure relief and positioning systems, Sundance products continue to make a significant impact on the lives of patients and the ability of caregivers to more effectively and safely do their jobs. Its on-going focus on advanced innovative materials used for proper patient positioning is revolutionizing the clinical approach to wound prevention and patient therapy. For more information, please visit www.sundancesolutions.com
El Paso, Texas - March 29, 2013 – MFI International is participating at Interzum Trade Fair in Cologne Germany, from May 13th-16th, 2013. As an active member of the International Sleep Products Association, MFI will have its exhibit at ISPA’s Bedding Centre, which consists of a designated area dedicated for suppliers and manufacturers to the mattress and bedding industry.
Interzum is the world’s largest trade fair for suppliers to the home furniture industry. The show combines a series of programs and exhibit halls to highlight the newest products and vendors available to the industry. Housed in the Koelnmesse GmbH Exhibit Complex, the fair features nearly 1,300 exhibits from 63 countries.
MFI International’s goal is to promote its manufacturing services to mattress, bedding and interior home furnishings manufacturers. MFI’s team members will be available to discuss how these manufacturers may benefit from its turnkey services (full package contract manufacturing) and the type of products currently manufactured for the industry, e.g. mattress covers, toppers, pillows and bedding accessories.
MFI operates “cut and sew” facilities in Mexico that currently export zip-on mattress covers and top-of-bed accessories to the U.S. and Canada. Its clients are based in both North America and Europe and depend on MFI for the following reasons: • Product quality • Cost Reduction • Speed to market • Scalability and Flexibility.
MFI’s Chief Operating Officer, Lawrence Wollschlager adds, “Through our Mexico operations, we have access to an extensive network of FTA’s (free trade agreements), which covers a total of 43 nations, including a free trade agreement with the European Union and all North American countries (NAFTA). In short, we offer a unique opportunity for European mattress manufacturers looking to expand their brand to the Americas.”
Companies interested in learning more about the benefits of MFI’s manufacturing services, can visit: www.mfiintl.com, and stop by MFI’s booth at ISPA’s Bedding Centre, booth # F-069, hall 10.2 The booth will be located on the left hand side as you enter the exhibit Hall 10.2 towards the middle of the space.
About MFI International
MFI International has defined itself as a leading provider of cost efficient and flexible manufacturing services in the Juarez, Mexico region for over 30 years. With a truly bi-cultural management staff that has extensive experience in both US and Mexican operations in a wide variety of manufacturing sectors, MFI offers complete package solutions through its two divisions, contract assembly and manufacturing support services in Mexico within the Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Home Furnishing, Medical, Military, Made to Order, and Work Wear industries. www.mfiintl.com
Manufacturer leads the way by being the only company with this type of permit for the textile industry in Mexico
El Paso, TX, February 25, 2013 – Once again, MFI International has taken the lead in facilitating cross- border manufacturing transactions between the United States and Mexico by obtaining the first Textile Corporate Mexican Customs Broker’s License.
Specifically, the permit has been issued by the Mexican Government Customs Agency (SAT) to Jorge Fierro, MFI’s agent, who will act as their Mexican Customs Broker coordinating all cross-border activities for the company with the Mexican government.
Mr. Fierro’s expertise encompasses all aspects of manufacturing operations in Mexico and he has extensive experience in dealing with the varied challenges of cross border trade including:
Commenting on his newly expanded role, Mr. Fierro noted, “Our maquiladoras can now generate their own “pedimentos de importación”,,, that’s customs declarations in English. Our team can physically verify incoming materials and finished products at a number of Customs locations. “It’s a huge benefit,” he added, “It speeds up the entire process and makes it far more efficient because we control every aspect and do not need to rely on an outside Mexican broker.”
MFI expects good things on the American side of the border as well. End users should see an improvement in turnaround times and more flexibility in the process. MFI’s Chief Operating Officer, Lawrence Wollschlager, notes “Obtaining our own Mexican Customs Broker license is another step we take to make the supply chain faster and offer a more efficient, complete package to our clients.”
Mr. Wollschlager was also quick to praise INDEX (the Export Industry Association) and the Consejo Nacional de Industrias Maquiladoras de Exportación (CNIME). “The support of these two organizations was invaluable in making MFI the first contract manufacturer in Mexico with textile operations (cut and sew) to obtain this type of permit.” Mr. Wollschlager added, “It, once again, demonstrates, MFI’s commitment to our clients and suppliers and will allow us to continue to offer them a significant competitive advantage through our Mexico operations.”
About MFI International
MFI International is a leading provider of contract manufacturing services in Mexico with dedicated assembly operations in the textile industry. As of February 2013, MFI is the only maquiladora (manufacturing company) of its kind to have a Corporate Mexican Customs Broker License.
MFI offers complete package solutions through its two divisions, contract manufacturing and shelter services, to several industries including: automotive, home furnishing, mattress and bedding industry, medical, military, work wear and consumer industries.
"Manufacturers that are looking to expand or establish operations in Mexico will be able to learn how to set up their business case to save up to 80% in labor costs.
El Paso, TX. September 14th, 2012. Manufacturing profits action takers currently looking Mexico to set up a manufacturing venue are invited to join The American Industries workshop: “Manufacture in Mexico, Supply to the World”, which will take on November 15th of 2012 in Chicago, IL.
Attending companies will be able to learn:
Facts and numbers about Mexico’s manufacturing industry
How to make Mexico’s manufacturing platform work for you
Success stories about global companies already established in Mexico
How to get the most accurate total operating cost per hour
How to start up your Mexico operation in less than 9 weeks through a Shelter Program
How to optimize your operation costs and perhaps even increase your sales in Mexico
Featured Keynote Speakers:
Herminio Blanco: Chief Negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and other free trade agreements between Mexico and Europe, Israel, Japan and Latin America. Former Secretary of diverse Federal Divisions for different presidential administrations in Mexico & International Investment Advisor.
Mark Withrow: VP/GM of Zodiac Aerospace, and former VP of Integrated Supply Chain and Engineering of Cessna, both with successful operations in Mexico.
Ray Walterlin: President of Buehler Motor Inc., who personally managed their offshore manufacturing operations in Mexico.
Lance R. Levine: CEO of MFI since 1979. MFI is a contract manufacturing Company with expertise in electronics, mechanical assembly, textiles, packaging and logistics. It operates three plants, one in El Paso, Texas and two in Juarez, Mexico.
"Manufacturer to Present Innovative Turnkey Solutions for the Industrial Fabrics Market"
El Paso, Texas – August 15, 2012- MFI International, a cost-effective manufacturing solutions firm specializing in turnkey textile assemblies (cut and sew) is scheduled to be an exhibitor at IFAI Expo Americas 2012.
The trade event, which is planned for November 7-9, 2012 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass., is the largest event of its kind. Exhibits include the most innovative industrial fabrics, equipment, components, supplies and services for the industry; the event is expected to host over 5,000 international attendees.
MFI International will be exhibiting at booth 1102; visitors will have the opportunity to discuss how their supply chain can benefit from MFI’s turnkey manufacturing solution. Historically, MFI’s clients in the North American region have been able to reduce their supply chain costs, while improving time-to market through near-shore benefits associated with easy access to a low cost supplier.
MFI assists companies with the production of high quality finished products through its cut and sew division in the following industries:
- Home furnishing (mattress covers, toppers, pillows and bedding accessories)
- Specialty Seating
- Pet Products
- Specialty Apparel (work wear, safety, high-visibility, high-temp protection)
- Military/First Responders
- Consumer Products
The Industrial Fabrics Association International is the largest and longest-running textile trade organization in the world. Celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2012, IFAI publishes six market-specific magazines in print and online; organizes industry events; and supports the growth of nearly 1,900 member companies located in 54 countries.
About MFI International
MFI International has defined itself as a leading provider of cost efficient and flexible manufacturing services in the Juarez, Mexico region for over 30 years. With a truly bi-cultural management staff that has extensive experience in doing business along the NAFTA region in a wide variety of manufacturing sectors. MFI offers complete package solutions through its two divisions, contract manufacturing and shelter services in Mexico (Administrative support to manufacturers). To learn more about our programs visit: www.mfiintl.com
Crossborder Shipping Becomes Significantly Easier Between the U.S. and Mexico
El Paso, TX, June 5, 2012 –MFI International has taken an important step forward with its successful implementation of the newly mandated Ventanilla Unica de Comercio Exterior Mexicano (VUCEM) system. On June 1st, MFI completed its first VUCEM transaction flawlessly and with no complications, thanks to its experienced staffs’ anticipation and careful advanced preparation.
The newly mandated VUCEM protocol is intended as a tool to decrease the paperwork and “red tape” associated with many crossborder transactions. All crossborder transactions can be now be processed electronically. There are many significant benefits envisioned with this process including:
· Elimination of all actual paper forms
· Single point of contact for all electronic documentation
· Documentation can be procured at any time and from any place with an Internet connection
· Significant reduction in customs procedures
· Virtual elimination of border paperwork delays
· Increased transparency of foreign trade transactions
· Increased legal compliance
· Improved overall security of products and cargo
· Faster crossborder shipments.
Lawrence Wollschlager, Chief Operating Officer of MFI points out that “The VUCEM process aids in the supply chain, by making the import/export processing more efficient, with less paperwork, and less time. This translates into faster crossborder shipments. All of these factors benefit our clients, which they can pass to the end consumer or their bottom line. It’s a win-win situation for everyone on both sides of the border.”
The VUCEM electronic portal was officially mandated for all cross border transactions on June 1st, 2012. MFI was one of the earliest cross border Mexico manufacturing companies to embrace the system and was in compliance within a few days. On this point, Mr. Wollschlager emphasizes that, “MFI always strives to be proactive in providing our clients with the most up to date and cost-efficient methods for manufacturing their products in Mexico. Our seamless integration of the new VUCEM portal is further evidence of this fact.”
VUCEM is just the latest in a series of hurdles that companies engaged in manufacturing in Mexico must overcome. These innovations and new processes promote efficiencies throughout Mexico’s supply chain, by utilizing a knowledgeable turnkey Manufacturer like MFI.
About MFI International
MFI International has defined itself as a leading provider of cost efficient and flexible manufacturing services in Mexico region for over 30 years. MFI International features a truly bi-cultural management staff with extensive experience with both U.S. and Mexican operations encompassing a wide variety of manufacturing sectors. Offering complete package solutions through its turnkey contract manufacturing division and shelter services in Mexico. MFI has extensive experience working within the automotive, bedding, consumer electronics, home furnishing, medical, military, made-to-order amongst other industries. www.mfiintl.com
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Job Creation in Action - MFI International Reclaims Manufacturing Jobs in North America
Before you cede all of the manufacturing jobs to China and the rest of Southeast Asia, you better pay attention to MFI International and their CEO, Lance Levine.
El Paso, TX, May 14, 2012 --MFI International is one of the leading cross-border manufacturing companies that operate on the U.S.-Mexican border. In business for over 30 years, they currently operate two plants in Juarez, Mexico and one near El Paso. The plants complement the capabilities of the other. They share and leverage logistics, labor assembly and contract manufacturing for a wide variety of industries including the home furnishing, automotive, textile and automotive sectors.
To any astute observer, global trade is in obvious flux. Lance Levine, the CEO of MFI International, characterizes the situation thusly, “ For years, corporative executives would engage in CYA by buying IBM computers knowing that no one would get fired for that decision,“ and then continues, “These days, the CYA move is to base your manufacturing in China. More savvy executives realize that China is not the be all and end all of manufacturing. There’s a tremendous opportunity here for a forward looking executive or CEO.”
While many executives may disagree, the goal is not to save their jobs but to create many more here in the Americas. Mr. Levine goes on, “The pendulum has certainly swung back to keeping the manufacturing capacity and jobs on this continent, even for foreign nationals. If the market is here, why not build it here?”
Disparate time zones, complicated logistical nightmares and higher in-transit inventory costs are just the beginning of the obstacles faced by companies importing goods from overseas. In addition, cross border Mexican manufacturing facilities are primed to react quickly to changing market demands. A highly educated work force and an extremely cooperative government are just icing on the cake.
A final comment from Mr. Levine sums up the whole situation, “It’s cheaper to produce in and transport from Mexico vs. China. In addition, the amount of U.S. components in Mexican products is 40% vs. 4% in China. It’s an obvious win-win for both countries.”
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Manufacturing service provider announces earning certification by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as a participant in its Customs -Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program
El Paso, TX, March 25, 2012 --The first quarter of 2012 sees a significant step forward for the turnkey contract manufacturing company, MFI International. The company is now a fully certified partner with the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency in the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.
The C-TPAT certification for foreign manufacturers is only available by invitation from the CBP. It is also voluntary security measure but offers a significant number of advantages for the customers of MFI International.
In particular, the company also foresees the following benefits:
· Client goods are completely secured from manufacturing plant to final destination
· CBP provides priority inspections for its C-TPAT partners
· Fewer CBP inspections mean fewer border delays
· Access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) process that expedites many crossborder shipments
· C-TPAT supply chain security training is available
The program itself is an initiative by the governments of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to expedite, cross border shipments even during periods of heightened security. Participants are expected to aid in the security process and in return are granted exclusive access to reduced CBP inspections and dedicated lanes at border crossings.
According to Lawrence Wollschlager, C.O.O. of MFI International, “Our company is taking a step forward to ensure that our client’s materials and finished products are secure from the moment they leave our Juarez plant to U.S. Customs and to our El Paso plant.”
As the governments of the three countries continue to evolve their strategies on maintaining border security, it can only become more difficult for cross border manufacturers to adequately supply their customers. A proactive approach to meeting this challenge sets MFI International apart from other turnkey manufacturers.
“MFI executives will be participating at ISPA Expo 2012 to discuss turnkey manufacturing services for the mattress and bedding industry”
Mar 05, 2012 - El Paso, TX --MFI International, a cost-effective manufacturing solutions firm specializing in the Mexico industrial region, is scheduled to be an exhibitor at the prestigious International Sleep Products Association Expo 2012.
The biennial ISPA Expo, scheduled for March 14-17, 2012 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the only gathering of its kind. Featuring exhibits including the most innovative equipment, machinery, components, supplies, services and materials in the mattress industry, the ISPA Expo is expected to host over 3,000 international attendees.
MFI International will be participating in the ISPA Expo at booth num. 2235, as part of its strategy to showcase the many benefits the company can provide to prospective clients. For example, professionals in the bedding, mattress and home furnishing industries will have the opportunity to discuss with the MFI executive team how they may benefit from its turnkey manufacturing service as well as the different type of soft good products that can be supplied by the company. Some of these are: mattress covers, toppers, pillows and bedding accessories.
Historically, MFI’s clients in the North American region have been able to reduce their supply chain costs, while improving time-to market, through taking advantage of the nearshore benefits associated with access to a low cost supplier, in closer proximity to the client’s production facilities.
MFI assists companies with the production of high quality finished products, made to their specifications, for the following industries:
• Specialty Seating
• Pet Products
• Specialty Apparel
• Military/First Responders
• Consumer Products
Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is an organization that is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the expansion, stature and profitability of the mattress industry. The ISPA provides membership services such as: exclusive industry statistics and surveys, educational offerings and advocacy support.
Consumer research and education is overseen through its various councils, as well as the International Sleep Products Association biennial Expo. The ISPA industry trade organization represents over 650 mattress suppliers and manufacturers the world over.