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Walmart is going American!!

Most of us know that when Walmart was started by Sam Walton they sold American products!  Since, Walmart started buying products from overseas to lower cost and provide low cost products to its customers.  Low and behold, there may be a change in the tides. Take a look at this article about Walmart’s American made […]

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More to Follow??

Kudos to AmeriSus Homes for building homes with almost all American products.  DC is correct that finding all American products takes some effort.  Although we are about 60% complete, we have spec’d out American products through completion.  With a little research, we are finding American companies we never heard of.  The concept here is not […]

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Social

Take two chandeliers, one made in the US, and one made in a developing country.  Consider the working conditions where each was made.  Are the workers safe? How old are they?  What are their working conditions like? Using American-made products is socially just. It ensures that workers are being treated fairly, and it sends the […]

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Economic

In a typical year, the US builds about 1.4 million homes each year at a construction cost (price of land not included) of almost $3 trillion. Say US builders liked the idea of building American, but instead of going all out to build a bunch of  All  American Homes, they reallocated an average of just […]

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Environmental

Take the same two chandeliers. Make one in a developing country, where most foreign building materials are made, and the other anywhere in the US. Then send them both to Poughkeepsie. Which chandelier do you think will burn more fuel? But the difference goes beyond shipping. Most factories in developing nations run on dirty power, […]

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Is It Worth It?… Yes!!

A month ago, we confirmed that we could get US made gun nails (Maze and Swan). Unfortunately, we didn’t check on the stock of those nails at our lumber store. For the day, we had to buy small boxes of US-made 8d ring shank nails at a slightly higher cost. We’ll have full boxes here […]

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Entirely American

We thought we had the framing package covered (studs, rim joist, sheathing, decking, trusses, floor joists).  It turns out that most of the OSB and rim joist materials are made in Canada. We’re not saying we shouldn’t buy rim from Canada in the future if it’s the best value available. But, for our project, we […]

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The All American Home is Underway!!

The All-American Home is underway! The foundation was poured on a cloudy day in Bozeman, MT. The concrete and rebar used were are all Made In The USA but, unfortunately, we did not plan ahead for the J bolts. (bolts embedded into the concrete) We’ll plan ahead  better next time. We ended up making them from […]

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