Sooner or later, all apparel companies look into manufacturing some or all of their products outside of the United States. But if you’re going to do it, better know how to do it right.  Manufacturing offshore can reduce the cost of production, help get a product to market faster and reduce delivery costs. For most companies, it makes sense to manufacture overseas while keeping research and development, design and quick turnaround production in the US.  The trick is to stay on top of regulations, stay in tune with cultural differences, and to stay in control of deadlines and costs without losing quality.  End this class with a game plan for yourself or your employer.

About the instructor:

Lingelbach has worked in the industry for 12 years, all with Nike. He currently works in strategic sourcing and has experience in product creation, development, demand planning, cost engineering, finance, logistics and trade. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance/economics from University of Oregon, and an MBA with a focus in international business and sustainability from Portland State.


Austin Lingelbach, strategic sourcing lead, Nike
Wednesdays, May 26-June 30, 6-9 pm
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Supply list: Bring a laptop or tablet to take notes and help you in your research.  The instructor will suggest other items to bring throughout the class.