U.S.-made parts finding toehold, again
Terry Livingston, general manager of Meritor Aftermarket, says border lines in trucking are often blurred, and most of what is made in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region is largely embraced.
“Made in North America plays big in this sector,” he says.
Another key factor to consider is also that American-made doesn’t always mean 100 percent American-made.
Livingston says while Meritor’s parts are manufactured in the U.S., some of its components can come from a variety of countries. The key to maintaining the kind of quality expected of Made in the USA parts, he says, is rigorous testing of those components before they hit the market globally.
“We make sure any part that is sourced goes through same process on…quality testing,” he says. “We qualify every supply base. We are in a global world. Qualifications matter the most.”
Note: This is the first of a two part series on USA-made parts in the aftermarket. The second, titled “The return of American manufacturing” will publish next week.