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American made products / Made in the USA

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The Fix it Guys are proud to announce their commitment to use American made products and Supply’s on their projects.

We realized the benefits of buying American made products go far beyond our original goal of  supporting local businesses and manufacturers, and sustaining  jobs here in the USA. But that we would also be helping the environment, by limiting the carbon emissions that shipping from other countries thousands of miles away produces.

We will be adding new American made / Made in the USA products as they come available.

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Full Video:    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Economy/made-america-blueprint-creating-jobs/story?id=14719487

By DAVID MUIR (@DavidMuirABC) and BEN FORER  Oct. 12, 2011

In Bozeman, Mont., 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 U.S.-made products. Everything from the nails, screws and bolts, to the steel, staples and bathtub is made in the United States.”Every piece here is made in America,” he said.

Lewendal is convinced that if every builder bought just 5 percent more U.S.-made materials, they would create 220,000 jobs. The Boston Consulting Group agrees, confirming that Lewendal’s numbers add up.

In all, the U.S.-made house is being built with more than 120 products from more than 33 states. But 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, given that other U.S.-made products are cheaper. The all-American home, which is not yet finished, is running only 1 to 2 percent more than a foreign-sourced house… View Full Size ABC News

Anders Lewendal, an economist turned builder, is constructing a house made entirely from U.S.-made products.

Here is the list of products Lewendal is using to build the made-in-America house.

While some items might be more expensive, the difference in quality is often noticeable. The nails produced by Maze Nails of Peru, Ill., are made using high-carbon steel and a double coat of zinc. The result is that they are stronger, rust proof and jam the nail gun less.

“[We're] one of the last makers of nails in this country,” company president Roelif Loveland said.

About 90 percent of nails come from China and, Loveland said, if he could double sales, he could add 25 more jobs.

Many other U.S. companies said the same thing. If Lewendal’s idea catches on, they could hire, too. From Gorilla Tape of Cincinnati to a Sherwin-Williams plant in Georgia and a Moen plant in Pennsylvania, companies around the country say if builders bought more American products, it would put people back to work.

ABC News sent Lewendal’s list to builders across the country and some responsed immediately.

Contractor Tarek Saad said he started ordering Maze Nails, an architect in Miami said she’ll start buying the U.S.-made items that are priced the same as the foreign ones, and Paul Minnis, a remodeler from Michigan, doubled Lewendal’s request.

“If 5 percent will make a difference,” he wrote, “I am going to try for 10 percent or more American-made products.”

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4 Responses to American made products / Made in the USA

  1. Kathy says:

    Jim did a fantastic job repairing our staircase. A stair had broken and all of the stairs squeaked loudly enough to waken us if someone walked on them during the night. Jim described what needed to be done to repair the stairs and quoted the cost of materials and labor before beginning the work. The stairs are silent now. They weren’t this quiet when we bought the house 28 years ago! We were very impressed by Jim’s expertise and how neatly the job was completed. We look forward to having him complete many more home repairs and have recommended The Fix It Guys to our family and friends.

  2. Mack B says:

    I had the fix it guys fix several items on a home I sold this week, Mark did a very nice job, and did it for his stated price. I would highly recommend the fix it guys.
    I also want to say that I really support buying american made products and services.
    I am now a big fan of the fixit guys.

  3. michelle says:

    If every business and household in America made a conscious decision to buy American made products it would help our economy tremendously. And, as stated above, the quality of the American made product is superior to all other and well worth the miniscule price increase. Thank you Fix it Guys for supporting AMERICA!

  4. Eloy Leyba says:

    We Had mark do a large amount of work at my hotel
    he did an outstanding job on the work that he has
    I would highly recomend him and his crew.

    great job

    I suport made in America
    Eloy Leyba

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