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What does a manufacturing contract cost? This question is typical for a small business owner seeking help to manufacture their product. So let’s explore manufacturing contract costs and review some general information about manufacturing contracts.

How Much Does a Manufacturing Contract Cost?

A manufacturing contract is a legally binding agreement between a business selling a product and a contract manufacturer who has agreed to produce the product. Often, small businesses and entrepreneurs outsource the production of their goods to contract manufacturers who have the equipment and raw materials necessary for the large production of goods.

A manufacturing contract is an important document for both the business and the manufacturer. It outlines the terms and conditions of the agreement. In addition, it lays out specific details like delivery dates, the quantity of products, quality standards, and cost.

Both the business and manufacturer will rely on this contract to protect their interests, so it must be drafted correctly and includes all necessary terms and provisions. It is highly recommended that the parties consult with a lawyer who has experience drafting and reviewing manufacturing contracts.

A knowledgeable attorney will know what the contract needs to include to adhere to state and local laws, protect the parties, and ensure a successful business relationship.

According to ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data, the average cost of a project involving a manufacturing contract is $975.

What’s Typically Included in a Manufacturing Contract

Manufacturing contracts will vary based on the product or goods being produced. For example, some contracts only cover one specific product line while others apply to a region and include various providers.

Regardless of the complexity of the agreement, all manufacturing contracts should include the following key elements:

  • Party information. The contract should clearly state the two businesses that will be parties to the contract, including their contact information.
  • Duration. The duration of the contract is important to define. Contracts could be for just one job, or they could be ongoing agreements.
  • Essential processes. Processes that should be outlined in the contract include information and deadlines for delivery, invoicing, lead times, and payment schedule.
  • Licensing. If the produced goods include any type of trademark or intellectual property, the agreement must include licensing agreements.
  • Non-disclosure agreements. A non-disclosure agreement prevents either company from sharing confidential information or trade secrets.
  • Responsibilities of each party. It is vital that the manufacturing contract clearly explains the roles and responsibilities of each party. This can include information about purchase orders, payments, and turn-around times that must be met.
  • Liabilities. Both parties of the contract are assuming risk by working with each other. A section in the contract should determine which party is responsible for specific liabilities.
  • Quality standards. When a business contracts with a manufacturer to produce goods, they expect a certain quality standard to provide their customers. Therefore, the quality standard should be clearly outlined in the agreement.
  • Termination clauses. Every contract should include when the contract ends and the steps a party must take to end the contract early. For example, early termination of contracts may have penalties or payment requirements, which should be outlined in a termination clause.

Manufacturing agreements should be specifically tailored to fit the needs of your business and production goals. A lawyer experienced with manufacturing contracts will know what additional clauses must be included in your contract to protect your business.

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Examples of Manufacturing Contract Projects

Manufacturing Contract Drafting Service

Many contact lawyers offer document drafting services, like drafting comprehensive manufacturing contracts. If a business needs this type of contract, they can consult with an attorney who specializes in this field.

Typically, the lawyer will meet with the business owner and discuss the contract's goals. The lawyer will need to learn about the goods the business needs produced, what they want to pay for production, and their time and quality standards.

Following this meeting, the lawyer will draft a contract that a business can use with a manufacturer. Once the contract is complete, the business owner can review it and request any revisions necessary.

Manufacturing Contract Review Service

A manufacturing contract protects the rights of both parties, so if the business provides the contract, the manufacturer has a strong interest in having the contract reviewed by their own lawyer.

The lawyer hired by the manufacturer will have the manufacturer’s best interests in mind when reviewing this contract. The lawyer can determine whether the contract is fair, legal, and protects the manufacturer.

A lawyer who conducts document review can suggest edits and help their client negotiate the terms of the deal.

Drafting Manufacturing Contract Costs

Hiring a lawyer to draft a manufacturing contract will come with costs. The lawyer will use their time and legal knowledge to complete a job and will need compensation in exchange.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average manufacturing contract drafting costs are $700 across all states and industries.

Manufacturing Contract Review Costs

Suppose a manufacturer hires a lawyer to review their contract. In that case, they will be responsible for the attorney fees, including the initial consultation, time spent conducting a review, and negotiations.

According to ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data, the average manufacturing contract review costs are $1,250 across all states and industries.

How Do Lawyers Charge for Manufacturing Contracts?

Contract lawyers can charge clients in various ways, but the most common fee structures are hourly and flat-fee rates.

Hourly Rates for Manufacturing Contracts

When a lawyer uses an hourly rate fee structure, they will keep track of all time spent on a client’s project then bill the client for their time at a predetermined hourly rate. This method works well for attorneys because they will be fairly compensated for all time spent on a project.

Clients may be wary of an hourly rate fee structure because they will not know the total cost of legal fees until after the case or project is completed. Therefore, clients should ask attorneys for an estimate of hours to complete a requested project but must understand that the time could vary from the estimate.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average hourly rate for a manufacturing contract lawyer ranges from $250 - $350 per hour.

Flat Fee Rates for Manufacturing Contracts

Suppose a lawyer is hired for a specific project like drafting a manufacturing contract rather than an ongoing case. In that case, they may choose to bill their client using a flat-rate fee.

Generally, this fee will cover the entire project, start to finish. However, there may be some caveats. The client should fully understand what the flat rate covers and be sure to ask questions about additional expenses for meetings, revisions, or negotiations.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average flat fee rate for a manufacturing contract is $975.

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