Sourcing has its roots in manufacturing. Established
in 1998, SSI emerged as a spin-off subsidiary from Electronic
Hardware Corporation (EHC), a manufacturer and distributor
of injection-molded plastic knobs, dials, and handles.
A leader in its industry, EHC hit a crossroads
in the late 1990s.
“We were treading water at best”, says Steven
Sgammato, President of EHC. “No matter what we did we couldn’t
turn a profit so we decided to take action and explore China
to develop direct relationships with offshore assembly plants.”
The goal was to lower manufacturing costs
and gain access to capabilities without the capital investment
of building or maintaining a plant. The venture was extremely
successful and executives recognized that they could offer
offshore manufacturing as a service to other medium size OEMs
to lower costs. Hence, the beginning of Smart Sourcing.
Initially, Smart Sourcing helped other injection-molding
manufacturers source products from China. But soon after developing
our core vendor base, we began assisting OEMs with metal and
electronic parts and eventually produced full turn-key products.
Smart Sourcing understands the importance of relationship management
and quality control in China. We manage vendors by placing
our own employees in the factories.
Ten years later in 2008, Smart Sourcing has
been featured in Fortune Magazine as one of the Global 100
top outsourcing companies in the world. Recognized by the International
Association of Outsourcing Professionals, SSI offers contract
manufacturing services in plastics, metals, and electronics.
Smart Sourcing also consults on quality assurance, logistics,
and China market entry programs.
Smart Sourcing is not a product oriented
company. We pride ourselves on the service that we offer whether
it is manufacturing engineering, supply chain management, or
customer advocacy in China. We are more than just a supplier
and view all of our clients as long term partners in success.