Where and Why You Can and Should Buy Made in America Building Products

In Bozeman, Montana, Anders Lewendal is hard at work building a home he hopes will be a blueprint for creating jobs in America.

Lewendal, an economist turned builder, is constructing a house made entirely from American-made products. Everything from the nails, screws and bolts, to the steel, staples and bathtub is made in the United States.

In all there are more than 120 products from more than 33 states. However, the builders do acknowledge that using American products can be more expensive.

A box of nails is $5 more than those made in China and steel is $146 more a bundle. Even though certain goods are more expensive, in total, the cost of the house is nearly identical. Currently, the all-American home, which is not yet finished, is running only 1 to 2 percent more than a foreign-sourced house.

Lewendal is convinced that if every builder bought just 5 percent more American materials it would create 220,000 jobs.

Here’s the list of products Lewendal is using to build the Made in America house:

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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