It depends on the type of item. Certain metal types are found in different countries, like galvanized is usually from china or mexico. We have a lot of aluminum products here. Cheaper plastics are overseas but more expensive PVC is here. I have found factory owners that have the molds I need but would rather sit idle than make a deal and others starving to make a buck and will make something off a prototype for you. It also depends on the actual process and the waste generated. If it generates waste, the price is high here but in other countries they will just dump waste wherever. I used to get a product overseas that was not made here because of filtration and air quality requirements being too tough, you go to the Chinese factory and they don’t even wear masks. Maybe look for similar products to try to figure out how they are made and detective your way to a factory.
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