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How do you find manufacturers for products?

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Find manufacturers for products on directories such as ThomasNet.com or Alibaba.com, through local resources such as libraries or Small Business Administration offices, or by working with business consulting firms, as of 2015. Submit a quote request to the company to receive details on the cost of manufacturing the product and shipping it to a warehouse or other location.

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Begin by determining the exact nature of the items you wish to manufacture in order to find a company that has sufficient experience in that industry. This allows you to narrow your search and focus on only the most relevant companies. Conduct your search on domestic manufacturer directories as well as international directories, as each company offers different benefits and pricing depending on location. Many sites offer tools to narrowing your search to specific locations, manufacturer specialities or by industry.

Reach out to each company to submit a request for quotes, including the exact nature of the product, the quantity of your first shipment and the deadline by which it must arrive at your facility. If you decide to hire a manufacturing consulting firm, make sure you communicate your expectations and needs so that it may properly represent your interests during the search. As you review the quotes, factor in the cost of transportation, estimated turnaround on manufacturing and any ethical requirements for the business to choose the company that best suits your situation.

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