Manufacturers throughout the United States rely on a host of services companies to help assemble, package and deliver their products domestically and around the world.
One such company is ALOM, the global contract assembly, packaging and supply chain leader headquartered in the Silicon Valley city of Fremont, California. ALOM operates out of three U.S. locations that cover the North American market, and the company also provides services from 17 locations globally.
ALOM procures, produces, configures and ships products for technology-rich companies in the automotive, medical, telecommunications, technology, energy/utility and other regulated industries. ALOM’s customers include Fortune 100 companies, and it is part of a $750 billion ecosystem. On the supplier side, the ecosystem includes numerous small suppliers, including many veteran- and women-owned businesses, such as Container Consulting Service Inc., which provides customized packaging containers, and Superior Staffing, which provides contract labor.
While ALOM’s customers successfully manufacture and sell products within the United States, many also export to markets around the world. ALOM and its customers benefit from trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers, set strong rules that prohibit government restrictions on the movement of data and the localization of information technology infrastructure, and make it easier to ship products due to more transparent and streamlined customs rules.
ALOM President and CEO Hannah Kain says that “TPP will aid ALOM in expanding our business into more TPP countries – beyond our growing businesses in places like Australia, Canada and Mexico – in turn enabling ALOM to support more jobs here in the United States.”
Ms. Kain adds that, “without quick access to high-quality, competitively-priced components, and the ability of our customers to access markets overseas, ALOM would have a hard time competing.” Ratification of trade agreements like the TPP will be critical as companies like ALOM seek to grow and expand their manufacturing-supporting businesses in the years ahead.