2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year at US Cargo Control, as we expand our business to include the sewing and assembly of tie-down related products here on site in Iowa.
A little background: we launched the USCargoControl.com website in 2005, selling a line of ratchet straps for the cargo control industry. Over the next eight years, we expanded the website, adding more categories and products, but tie down straps have always remained a top seller for us.
Last year we saw an opportunity to build assemblies like ratchet straps and cam straps for the US Cargo Control brand rather than outsourcing those products from China. A new warehouse addition was completed in December, and we purchased sewing machines and additional equipment. The new department has been operating since February and we’re already preparing to take on additional volume.
The expansion has been slow so we can ensure our product and safety standards have been met each step of the way, but the process has been a rewarding one. Adding these capabilities allows us to better control quality in house, offer a wider selection to you, our customers, and get those products available to you more quickly. We’ve really enjoyed the challenge of creating this new department and processes, and we’re very happy to be able to bring jobs back to the USA.
As of today, we currently have seven employees on the manufacturing team and have plans to hire another eight part-time employees so we can continue to expand the department. It has been extremely rewarding to see this team grow and tackle challenges. The new capabilities are just a part of what is propelling growth for US Cargo Control; we’re excited to see what the future holds.