SahdCast Ep6: Mitch Cahn from Unionwear


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Mitch Cahn, Founder and CEO Unionwear, Newark NJ

Hats, bags and other textiles, made in one facility in Newark, NJ


Mitch Cahn, Founder and CEO Unionwear, Newark NJ

Hats, bags and other textiles, made in one facility in Newark, NJ

Show Summary:

150 employees making a living in an expensive cost of living area

Cost difference with imported goods not as significant when you factor in shipping, automation that can now be done in the USA

The fashion industry kept moving from country to country and has run out of cheap labor options

Lean manufacturing has helped keep unit costs low and system efficiencies allow for the engineering of products that can compete and be better than the imported alternative

Putting a Made in the USA tag or a patch on an item demonstrates a company’s commitment to the USA manufacturing economy and is worth a premium.  If our friends and neighbors have jobs that are good-paying they become customers for our goods and services.

The key factors that make reshoring more likely in one industry over another is the size of the product (bigger items and heavier items are more costly to ship halfway across the world) and the relationship between the cost of the materials needed and the labor cost.  The higher the cost of the material (expensive leather) the more likely the ability to make the item domestically.

Companies that are interested in promoting the commitment to the environment, buying local, safety standards are going to be more interested in buying domestically…

The Christmas supply chain will be a mess with empty shelves and shortages.  Current shipping times are out into January.  Big companies will have product, squeezing out smaller companies because they have monopolized the supply chain.

Sahd Metal Recycling commitment to asking can the product we are buying be Made in America and if so what is the cost difference?  Making our supply chain purchases as domestic as possible will help all of us in the long run!

Happy Manufacturing Day 2021


Acceptable Materials

Appliances including:
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • FOR A $10 FEE—Air Conditioners

End of Life Items Including:
  • Machinery (all fluids,pans and cylinders removed)
  • Farm Equipment
  • Farm Machinery
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cast Iron Patio Furniture
  • Cast Iron Outdoor Railing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steel Wheels
  • Steel

Nonferrous Scrap:
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Pots and Pans
  • Aluminum Siding/Gutters/Downspouts
  • Aluminum Patio Furniture
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Aluminum Wire
  • Auto Batteries
  • Brass Fixtures/Lamps Decorative items
  • Cable, Fence and Wire
  • Christmas Lights
  • Copper
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Pipes
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Valves and Connectors
  • Copper Tubing
  • Copper Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Insulated Wire
  • Radiators
  • Screen Doors/Windows (glass removed)
  • Stainless Steel

Prohibited Materials

  • Acetylene Cylinders
  • Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)- applies to both fibrous and solid materials
  • Any Scrap Containing Refrigerants (CFC or HCFC) (Freezers, Refrigerators)  Air Conditioners are accepted for a $10 fee
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT/tube-style computer monitors or televisions)
  • Closed Compressed Gas Cylinders – high pressure cylinders with valve intact
  • Combustible or Flammable Materials – fuels, paints, degreasers, unpunctured aerosol cans
  • Corrosive Materials – highly acidic or caustic materials (battery acid, caustic soda, etc.)
  • Explosive Materials, Munitions, Shell Casings – includes suspect military scrap
  • Free Flowing Liquids (including water)
  • Hazardous Waste – toxic or poisonous materials or wastes
  • Infectious Materials – blood-soaked or biohazard items
  • Liquids or Scrap Containing Free Flowing Liquids – fuels, antifreeze, oils, hydraulic fluid, paints
  • Mercury Containing Materials – mercury-containing thermostats, switches or fluorescent light bulbs
  • Non-Metallic Items – concrete, wood, asphalt, dirt, debris, tires (more than 5 per auto)
  • PCB-Containing Materials
  • Whole tanks uncut
  • Radioactive Scrap – anything exhibiting radiation levels above background
  • Scrap with Small Capacitors that contain 50 ppm of PCBs