We place you back in control of your manufacturing future.
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The Center for the Return of Manufacturing's mission is to anticipate, guide and directly assist U.S.-based and foreign owned manufacturing companies in competitively returning jobs to the U.S. and simultaneously, unlocking export opportunities abroad. The result: the return of manufacturing to the U.S. and to prominence in our communities as a coveted place of employment, bolstered by the goal of a return of investment for both manufacturers and the community.
Return of Jobs. Return to Prominence. Return of Investment.
We are industry recognized specialists in the manufacturing industry. You benefit from an experienced team of professionals to help you amidst:
- Changing tax reform that could impact your supply chain
- Rising uncertainty on policy, trade and taxation, coupled with rapid change, that has increased the pressure on manufacturers to successfully compete
- The magnitude and speed of change presently outpacing the skills present in most manufacturers today
- The community of manufacturers – the doers and the difference-makers – is at an inflection point in the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States
- Restoring balance and global competitiveness which hinges on experienced hands to serve and guide manufacturers in reshaping their future.
- The Center for the Return of Manufacturing (CFRM) as the leading resource placing you in control of your manufacturing future
Beyond Asking The Right Questions, We Help You Execute
- You benefit from comprehensive, in-depth, hands-on support as an add-on to your company's team.
- You profit from our global footprint to materialize your international growth strategies.
- Join the thousands of manufacturers the Center for the Return of Manufacturing helps thrive – both home and abroad.
As a U.S.-based company, are you:
As a company based outside the U.S., are you:
The Center for the Return of Manufacturing offers in-depth planning, implementation and tailored business solutions to help manufacturers looking to grow, relocate and/or repatriate operations in response to macro-level changes in policy, trade and taxation. Our services include:
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We offer industry research and thoughtful insights into the manufacturing industry. If you are looking to locate a facility within the U.S., we encourage you to look at every opportunity to finance projects leveraging government incentives. Our team of experienced professionals are here to assist you.
The New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) program provides tax credits for investment into operating businesses and development projects located in qualifying "distressed" communities. You will find more information here. To determine if your site is eligible, use our NMTC mapping tool and talk with us. Our NMTC professionals are ready to assist you in your site selection and project financing pursuits.
Interactive opportunity zones map: Use this interactive map to search the complete list of Qualified Opportunity Zones and the form below the map to connect with our Opportunity Zones specialists about your project, business or investment.
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Your Leading Team
Jeff Jorge leads the international endeavors of Baker Tilly's Center for the Return of Manufacturing (CFRM). Jeff, a firm Principal and degreed engineer, is responsible for delivering growth strategy formulation, implementation, and turnkey international market entry / operations repatriation support to companies in multiple industry sectors and foreign markets. Jeff also serves as the firm's International Growth Services Practice Leader and Latin American Services Desk Leader.
James J. Malczewski, CPA – Center for the Return of Manufacturing Domestic Tax Leader
Jim Malczewski, partner, serves as the firm's Greater Wisconsin Regional Tax Leader. He specializes in consulting with medium to large-sized privately held businesses and their owners in the manufacturing and distribution industry. Jim has extensive experience in integrated tax savings and business improvement strategies.
Lynette Stolarzyk, JD, LLM – Center for the Return of Manufacturing International Tax Leader
Lynette Stolarzyk, Principal, serves in the firm's international tax practice and is the Midwest region international tax leader. She leverages her experience in public and private industry to provide manufacturing clients with effective tax consulting and planning services.
Cory Wendt, Director, provides comprehensive financial and project development support to clients with intensive process manufacturing enterprises related to energy, agricultural and food manufacturing. Leveraging 15 years of development experience, he helps clients manage new large capital expenditures through a holistic approach from concept through integration into their organization.
Cindy Bratel, Senior Manager, with the Consulting Practice has held various leadership positions in management consulting, manufacturing and distribution industries since 1991. Cindy's experience includes project management, materials and operations management, ERP software implementation, process improvement, organizational restructuring and information technology.
Gary Plaster – Center for the Return of Manufacturing Family Business Strategy Leader
Gary Plaster, Principal, is a nationally recognized thought leader in growth strategy with more than three decades of experience advising family business owners and C-suite executives. He adds value through growth strategic planning with expertise in market and competitive assessments, mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He previously served as managing partner of strategy consulting and chief strategy officer for another national accounting firm.
Erich Bergen – Center for the Return of Manufacturing Technology Growth Strategies Leader
Erich Bergen, Director, serves as a strategic business advisor with regard to business and technology challenges including customer experience transformation, service process optimization, solution development and program management. Leveraging close to 20 years of management and technology experience, he helps clients across a wide range of industries with a specialization in the automotive and mobility sector.
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP is a nationally recognized full-service accounting and business advisory firm. It is one of the top 15 largest accounting and advisory firms in the U.S. according to Accounting Today's 2017 list of "Top 100 Firms."
Since 1931, our work has been defined by those whom we help. Several thousand manufacturers across the U.S. draw upon Baker Tilly's hands-on support, advice and guidance to successfully thrive on a daily basis. This richness of experience and heritage of expertise is the foundation upon which the Center for the Return of Manufacturing (CFRM) is built.
Coupling Baker Tilly's U.S. strength with that of our member firms abroad, our 34,700-strong team operates in 746 offices across 145 territories. Our combined revenue of U.S. $3.6 billion places us as the world's 10th largest professional services network.