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Why is it so difficult to manufacture a zombie slaying tool in the US?

June 15, 2017

Manufacturing may be experiencing a rebound, but that doesn't mean that it's easy to manufacture your products in the US.

Manufacturing may be experiencing a rebound, but that doesn't mean that it's easy to manufacture your products in the US. Just ask Marvin Weinberger. His Kickstarter campaign raised $123,310 from 1,302 people to help fund production of a multipurpose tool, Lil Trucker, which is perfect for surviving the zombie apocalypse. That's where the fairytale ended and the harsh reality of small-scale manufacturing began.

According to Diane Mastrull for Philly.com: "The Kickstarter total was nearly five times the $25,000 goal, rendering serial entrepreneur Weinberger 'blown away' and giddy about the sales prospects for his all-in-one gadget once it hit the retail market.

Until, that is, he got a taste of the manufacturing landscape when it comes to serving startups with relatively small orders.

'This has been a perennial problem for most startups in America,' said Weinberger, 62, who did not want to compromise on his commitment to make the tool in the United States. 'Most of the manufacturers who survived have tended to hunker down and become very specialized, and aren’t looking to participate in projects where the upside is speculative.'"

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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