Finding a plant to manufacture your product
If you are looking for a manufacturing plant to manufacture your product here are the steps you will need to follow to ensure that you are choosing a good manufacturing plant rather than a local sweatshop.
Go to your local library so you can do some basic research. You will need to look up information on the various manufacturing plants that you can find. Some manufacturing plants will be better than others will, so you want to gather as much background information on them as possible. When gathering information on the manufacturing plants from the library, you will be getting information on both domestic and overseas manufacturing plants.
After you have done your research at the library, you are going to need to do some more research about the companies that you found at the library on the internet. You can even do your beginning research on the internet, but sometimes the library has information free that the internet does not provide.
Once you have narrowed down your list to a handful of manufacturing plants you will want to gather as much detail about them as possible. This means you will need to go back to the library or even the internet to gather the little details about the manufacturing plants, such as how much they cost, how long they have been in business, if any complaints have been filed against them, etc.
When checking out the manufacturing plants you are going to want to look at their business records. Keep in mind that business records include financial statements, complaints, subsidiaries, etc. You are going to want to find out everything that you can about the manufacturing plant and the good thing is that most of these records are available to the public for little or no cost.
Another thing that you can do is to talk to the patent office if you were issued a patent for your product. Many times patent offices and other inventors will be able to provide you with resources that you can put to good use, including a few recommendations on good manufacturing plants.
You will also want to talk to other business owners who deal with manufacturing plants for their businesses. The reason for this is that you want to go to them for advice on how to choose a good manufacturing plant, tips that they have learned throughout the trade and any recommendations that they might have. One thing you should ask them if they prefer domestic or overseas manufacturing plants.
Contact the manufacturing plant that you want to use and see what kind of a deal they can give you for manufacturing your product. You should do this with a few different manufacturing plants so that you can get an idea about the average charge for making your product.
Just remember that the cheapest manufacturing company is not going to always be your best choice. In business, most of the time you get what you pay for, if you pay the cheapest price you might end up with the cheapest product as well.