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nster Moto makes go-karts and mini motorcycles, and advocates of bringing back US manufacturing would do well to take a close look at the company. Monster Moto moved its assembly back to the US from China, opening this facility in Ruston, Louisiana in 2016. But, you won't find a Made In USA stamp on any of their products.
Reuters correspondent, Nick Carey, traveled to Louisiana from Detroit to see Monster Moto's operations first hand.>> Up until recently their products were entirely made in China, and they decided that what they wanted to do was bring manufacturing back to the US, and the easiest portion of that is to bring assembly back.
But as all of their parts are made in China, they now have to figure out how to bring that manufacturing back. And the problem is, is that the supply chain doesn't exist in America. And they have to figure out how to bring it here in order to be able to put made in America on their products instead of just assembled in the USA.
>> Monster Moto's American plant supported by a public-private partnership with the city of Ruston, employs about 40 people assembling the bikes, who make $13 to $15 per hour. Since taking office, US President Donald Trump has continued to promise he will resurrect US manufacturing's bygone days, promising to bring back millions of jobs without providing specifics.
>> Everything's going to be based on bringing our jobs back, the good jobs, the real jobs.>> Monster Moto's experience shows the obstacles small companies face as they try and rebuild American manufacturing. And at some point, ramping up its American manufacturing could mean fewer jobs not more.>> The easiest part for them to bring back in their supply chain would be the frames for the go-karts and the mini bikes that they make.
The problem is that to hire US workers to weld those frames would be far too expensive. So what they gonna have to do is, rely on robots to do it, otherwise, you're not gonna be able to compete.>> If a surge in US manufacturing means robots will be doing the welding, it's unclear just how many jobs will be left on the assembly line.