Quoted from vid1900:
Having the inserts done on already existing tooling (read: already paid for) at Foremost, is 1000x cheaper than milling all new tooling and then sending it to China.
I'm not so sure about that. I have friends who get custom molded toys made in China for a few dollars per unit for fully assembled, painted items in custom art boxes - ready for sale. Usually in less than two months start to finish including sculpting.
I would imagine if you have CAD files for inserts ready to go you could get it done in batches of 10,000 pretty quickly.
It's certainly easier to just phone the company in Chicago than deal with the language barrier, timezone differences, and somewhat difficult timelines. But waiting six months for them to get around to it seems excessive.
One again, this is in no way a knock against CPR. I really just want to know how their process works and am curious on the long timelines. Kevin has done a very good job answering that.