It’s important to know where and how your products are made. Where the product comes can determine quality and make of any product. We had a customer “Ask Us” why some of OneCoast’s products were manufactured in China. We reached out to someone who would know best! Divisional Vice President, Gift Division, Michael Helms weighed in on the subject!
Q: Why are your products made in China?
A: OneCoast is not a manufacturer of product but a sales and marketing agency selling product from select manufacturers. OneCoast is the sales force for the manufacturer.
Many of our manufacturers do manufacture items in China however many countries from around the world are used in the manufacturing of gift product. China probably has the best world facilities in manufacturing Gift product. The manufacturing of product is done overseas to provide a competitive price that the USA consumer is willing to pay. Manufacturing cost in the USA are traditionally higher than overseas and the USA consumer is very price conscious.
Though many items are manufactured overseas, most product is designed, shipped, and warehoused in the USA providing economic opportunities for local communities in the USA.
Michael began his retail management and buying career with L.S.Ayres & Co in Indiana. Later he joined the Polo/Ralph Lauren Corporation and for ten years operated various retail locations throughout the U.S. In 1996, Michael joined Silvestri, a wholesale gift and seasonal company. During ten years with Silvestri Michael held positions in sales, as Southeast Regional Sales Manager, and Eastern Regional Sales Manager. In 2010, Michael joined OneCoast as the Regional Sales Manager, Southeast. In 2014, Michael held dual roles as Southeast Regional Manager and Divisional Vice President of the Gift Division. In 2015, Michael’s sole responsibility was as Vice President of the Gift Division.
Michael resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida