As our economy shifts toward globalization every CNC Mill and Lathe shop must address the issue of offshore competition with confidence and a healthy respect. We must say goodbye to the days where North America had dominance in precision machining. But we must not despair or grow bitter. We must innovate. Machine shops in America must rise to the challenge. Custom machining must be redefined by higher standards and better customer service. One important thing to remember is that companies are looking for CNC mill and lathe shops to supplement the machined parts they are sending over seas. They realize that quick turnaround is often a necessity for them to meet the custom machining needs of their customers. If all their parts are machined in China, they are left vulnerable. The manufacturing sector is exploding. Be creative. Look for niche markets where your machine shop can thrive.