The Quality Show

October 24 – 26, 2017

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL


“Made in the USA” Student Essay Competition  

Quality Magazine wants to give tomorrow's manufacturing and engineering leaders the opportunity to exhibit innovative thinking on the issues that will shape their future.

In the first Quality Show Student Essay Competition a panel from Quality Magazine editorial staff will select winners to be published in an upcoming Quality Magazine issue following the event, the Quality Magazine website ( and The Quality Show website (

Essay Topic
Made in the USA was considered to be the best in the world till mid 1970’s. America started to lose its competitive advantage in manufacturing to global competition due to poor quality, which led to higher cost of producing in America, and outsourcing of manufacturing, customer service, and product design. American share of the global manufacturing decreased over years. American manufacturing jobs were lost, and the national debt increased dramatically. In order to bring the American excellence home, what can Americans and corporations do to regain our competitive quality advantage in manufacturing and service operations.

In your essay please propose a solution to reshoring and bringing jobs back to the USA.  

Award/Cash Prize
The winners will be announced at The Quality Show on Thursday, October 26 following the Keynote presentation. Additionally, each winner will be awarded $500 to put towards continuing their education.

Contest Terms 
Essay should not exceed 1,000 words
Must be current enrolled in high school or undergraduate program for consideration. 
Essay must be emailed in a Word.doc. and include full contact information to Katie Johnson at

Deadline EXTENDED!
October 13, 2017   

Submit Essay