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Building Supplies Made In America

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In Bozeman, Montana, Anders Lewendal and Aaron Sullivan in Kennewick, Wash have one thing in common. They both want their homes built with materials Made in USA. Both have had challenges along the way. As we all know these materials exist in the US but they are scattered and hard to locate or purchase. It requires adding the time to contact the manufacturer, get pricing and shipping to the building site.

It becomes an act of love for America that they have sacrificed delaying the completion of their home and having to pay for the land without the benefit of having a place to live or selling the home.

Luckily they have shared a master list of their suppliers so it is one step easier for others to follow in their footsteps. Even if home builders commit to using 10% more building materials Made in USA it is a start. Just taking the list to stores such as Home Depot and asking “which of these items do you carry” can speed the process.

It all begins by trying and not thinking it has to be 100% in the first attempt.

Print version of the list.

Product Manufacturer/Supplier State
Windows Amsco Windows UT
J bolts/foundation S.C. Prototypes MT
J bolts/foundation/stock Pacific Steel UT
Gorilla Duct tape The Gorilla Glue Co OH
4″ perforated pipe, radon Northern Pipe Co. ND
4″ pvc fittings GPK ND
pvc glue Oatey OH
8d ring shank nails True Spec CA
16d sinkers Griptite WI
1/2″ foundation nuts CAT IL
gun nails Maze IL
damp proofing Mulseal/Tremco OH
Rebar Nucor UT
Concrete CMI MT
Concrete Portland Ash Grove MT
Concrete aggregate CMC. Beglade MT
Concrete sand CMC. Beglade MT
Hangers, straps, H clips Simpson Strong-Tie CA
TJI’s I-Level Truss Joist OR
2×4′s and 2×6′s RY Lumber MT
Plywood Potlatch ID
2×4′s and 2×6′s F.H. Stoltze MT
2×4′s and 2×6′s Idaho Forest ID
PL 400 sub floor adhesive Loctite CT
MiraTEC fascia CMI Corp PA
treated plate McFarland Cascade WA
T braces/framing Appleton Supply WI
sill seal Reflectix IN
powder actuated pins TW Ramset/Redhead IL
foam board Dow IL
Spray paint Rustoleum IL
Spray insulation JM Corbond MT, TX
Screws Por Pac CO, CT
Wire joint Thomas & Betts TN
Spray paint ACE IL
paint Sherwin Williams OH
Window foam Touch n Seal MO
Caulking White Lightning OH
Plastic elect. Straps Handy Straps WI
meter base Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
electric panel Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
Breakers Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
PVC pipe/fittings Ridgeline Pipe OR
2″ Romex connectors Bridgeport CT
Boxes Allied OH
Wire-service, romex Southwire GA
staples Sturgeon Bay WI
4/0 SER straps Sturgeon Bay WI
Telephone wire 3M MN
wire connectors/crimp sleeves Ideal IL
wire staples Sturgeon Bay WI
Furnace disconnect Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
recessed cans Juno/Schneider Electric IL
recycled glass Livingston Landfill MT
Furnace Trane TX
Cooling Coil Trane TX
HRV Trane TX
Air Cleaner Trane TX
Zoning/Thermostats Trane TX
Ductwork Norwesco WA
Screws Brynolf Manufacturing IL
PVC Cresline-Northwest WA
Condensate Trap Airtec MA
Registers/Grilles Hart & Cooley MI
Allthread Rod Chicago Hardware IL
Pipe Brackets C&S Manufacturing WI
Conensate Pump Franklin Electric IN
Unistrut Cooper B-Line IL
Flexible Duct Atco TX
Duct Sealant Hardcast TX
Flex Duct Straps Source 1 OK
PVC Glue/Primer Oatey OH
Thermostat Wire Honeywell MS
Exhaust Fans Broan WI
Concentric Vent Source 1 OK
Exhaust Hoods Broan WI
Nuts/ Washers Perine Danforth WA
Dryer Box In O Vate Tech FL
Duct Liner Johns Manville CO
Duct Liner Pins Hardcast TX
Allthread Anchors ITW Buildex IL
Ductstrap Colombia Man WA
Manual Dampers Norwesco WA
Sill Sealer Reflectix, Inc. IN
PVC Primer and Cement Oatey OH
PVC Pipe Cresline-Northwest WA
Pex Pipe Viega KS
Kitchen Sink Moen PA
Kitchen Faucet Moen NC
Kitchen Basket strainer Dearborn Brass TX
Kitchen disposer In-Sink-Erator WI
Bathroom Pedestal Lav Mansfield OH
Bathroom Lav faucet Moen NC
Bathroom Lav sink Mansfield IL
Bathroom toilets Mansfield IL
Bathroom toilet seats Kohler AR
Master Shower Aquaglass OR
Master shower valve Moen NC
Master shower trim Moen NC
Master soaker tub Aquaglass OR
Master soaker tub trim Moen NC
Master soaker tub valve Moen NC
Bathtub waste and overflow Watco MO
Full Bath tub/shower Aquaglass OR
Full Bath tub/shower trim Moen NC
Full Bath tub/shower valve Moen NC
Water Heater Bradford White PA
Pex Fittings Zurn TX
PVC Fittings Sioux Chief MO
Hangers/pipe insulators Sioux Chief MO
Roof Jack Oatey OH
Plumber Putty Hercules NJ
Wax rings Hercules NJ
Thread Dope Hercules NJ
Plumber tape Smith/Cooper CA
Black pipe RJB Wholesale, Inc WA
Black pipe fittings Anvil International NV
Gastite pipe and fittings Gastite MA
Soulder Flux Rectorseal TX
Soulder Exeon Inc. IL
Copper Pipe Cerro Flow Products Inc. MO
Copper fittings Elkhart Products Corp. IL
Backflow preventor/PRV Watts ME
Expansion Tank Amtrol RI
Hose bibs Woodford CO
Chattahoochee Pencil Company Atlanta GA
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Iowa Is the Epicenter Of American Manufacturing

jolly time pop corn

Currently there are more than 200 companies in Iowa that have been manufacturing goods for 100 years. 100 YEARS!

These include:

Jolly Time Pop Corn: Making popcorn since 1914

“As far as we know, we are the oldest brand of popcorn in the country,” said Smith, president of Jolly Time Pop Corn. The company has 180 employees and sells 100 million bags of popcorn annually to stores like Wal-Mart and Target.

Atlantic Bottling Company: Bottling soda since 1905

“We’ve stayed put for this long because of the hardworking and educated people here,”said Kirk Tyler, president of Atlantic Bottling. “We’ve invested in the communities where our employees live, work and raise their families. It helps that wages are also competitive.”

Emerson/Fisher: Making control valves since 1881

“People don’t know that Iowa State University has the eighth largest undergraduate engineering college in the country,” said Cox, adding that about half of the graduates are hired by local companies like Fisher.

iowa jolly time popcornLisle Corporation: Making specialty tools since 1903

The company employs 250 people, many of whom have spent their entire career there.

“They joined us out of high school or college and stayed,”said Mary Landhuis, whose family founded the company. “The advantage to us is that we’ve built a very knowledgeable and loyal workforce that drives our innovation and creativity.”

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Creating a Made in America Dorm Room

This classic episode of the ABC News series Made in America will help give you direction on what to buy for dorm rooms. It is an important episode for us at OHSAY USA. After it aired three years ago we started our business and here we are today. Actually doing something about job creation. Boom!

Take a look.

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Guess What, You’re An Environmentalist If You Support America

Shiping ContainerDid you realize that if you are an advocate of buying products Made in America you are also a environmentalist? It’s true. You don’t have to buy American-made products containing recycled materials to be eco. Your made in USA purchase just did something to save the earth. You reduced the impact of shipping on the environment plus reduced our dependency on foreign oil.

Beyond the obvious your decision did much more than you realize. This is what did NOT occur during a sea voyage to get foreign made goods to the USA:

1. Ballast Water Discharge– This is water which is taken on in one country and discharged when the ship unloads its cargo. This not only hurts marine life it can kill us since it is full of biological materials, including foreign plants, animals, viruses and bacteria.

2. Sound Pollution– This is a misunderstood type of pollution. Many marine animals rely on sound for their orientation, communication, and feeding. The biggest offender comes from the large propellers on commercial ships. Since sound travels faster and farther in water than air, the ships are causing havoc in the “silent world” of the ocean.

3. Ship impacts– Whales and manatees are at risk from being killed by ship collections. Currently the biggest threat to the North Atlantic Right Whale is injury sustained from ship strikes. The whales and manatees have a 79% chance of being killed when struck by a ship going 15 knots.

4. Exhaust emissions– This is the pollution you were expecting to be on the list. The emissions from ships not only impact marine life, they also kill people living in coastal cities due to various lung ailments. Forty percent of air pollution over land is estimated to come from ships.

5. Oil Spills – Human error can do a lot of damage. The March 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska killed 400,000 seabirds, 1,000 sea otters and massive numbers of fish.

6. Sewage, Graywater & Solid Waste – This is a big mess. The sewage and graywater dumped overboard contains bacteria, pathogens, viruses and intestinal parasites. In addition the general trash from the ship consisting of glass, paper, cardboard, aluminum, steel cans and plastics are thrown overboard adding to the floating dump yard and landing on our beaches.

7. Bilge Water- Oil and gas from the ship’s machinery mixes with the water in the hull. This murky soup plus by-products from the biological breakdown of petroleum products in the ship can cause harm to fish and wildlife and pose threats to human health if ingested.

Congratulations Environmentalist. You have another reason to share with others on why they should buy Made in America goods.

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Everything Can Be Made in America








In an article from Forbes the writer, Baizhu Chen, said Apple would “be better off focusing on designing iPhones in America but letting the Chinese handle the assembly” because of the current cost structure.

Forbes readers changed his mind after heated discussions and his realization that 3D printing will play a huge role in manufacturing American products in our near future.

Just as cassette tapes gave way to CDs and CDs transitioned towards MP3s so will follow the technology of manufacturing everything. It will not just be about WHERE it is made but HOW it is made.

When 3D printing is added to the equation the game changes. We no longer need to outsource anything. That is, IF we put money into training people in America to use 3D printing machines.

This change will not create new American jobs. It will reduce the number of many positions since it will take fewer people to create a product. We will still need assembly workers to put products into their display boxes or items into a kit. That means we need to shift all our assembly oriented jobs back to being made in America or we will be in a dire situation.

It’s not all doom and gloom here. We have plenty of companies that will continue to make American products “the old fashioned way,” even by hand. It is also still to be determined if 3D made products will have the same quality as traditionally made products.

Product safety will also be important. Items used for food containers such as the plastic Bento Box must not contain phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), PVC, or lead. So the materials used by 3D printers must evolve.

In some industries 3D manufacturing will bring about miracles. Imagine a new heart valve  custom made to fit an individual. Think about racing the lightweight Air Bike in the Tour de France. How about custom shoes for Olympic runners? If we can imagine it we can make it.

This means we need to rethink the role that art and science play together. Those that will excel in this new world need to be creative and technical. In fact the designer can also be the manufacturer in many small businesses. You can buy a small MakerBot 3D printer today for $1,700.

Wait until the next Henry Ford inspired leader figures out how to harness the full potential of 3D printing. We just need to get everyone educated and ready for the explosion when it happens in America.

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Made In USA: Intel Brings New Jobs to Arizona Desert in Their Fab 32 Facility

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither praised Intel for their domestic investment after a tour of the facility last November.

“What’s going on here is very important,” Geithner said after a tour of Intel’s facility last November. “The future of our economy depends on companies like Intel continuing to make innovative products in America for sale around the globe.”

Intel has created a Fab 32 info page and Fox News reports the story.

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