Made-in-America Initiative: How We Can Make Buying American Products a Priority

formaspace american manufacturer
Formaspace manufactures all its products at our 60,000 sq ft production facility in Austin, Texas, using raw materials sourced from American suppliers. We are truly a 100% American manufacturer.
  • The first is the Buy American Act of 1933, which was signed by President Hoover on his last day in office.
  • The second is the 1982 Buy America Act (a provision of the larger Surface Transportation Assistance Act), which stipulates that purchases for road, rail, or rapid transit projects valued over US$100,000 are American-bought.
  • The third is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, aka “the stimulus package” created in response to the Great Recession, whose funding stipulates all iron, steel, and other manufactured goods purchased must be produced in the United States. (This was later amended to allow Canadian goods, after a row with the Canadian government over NAFTA rules.)

The Devil Is In The Details: Interpreting Federal Procurement Regulations

So what difference will the new executive order make?

Transparency Is The Most Powerful Trade Tool According To The Author Of What If Things Were Made In America Again

It’s this latter point of making the information public that got us thinking about the 2017 book What if Things Were Made in American Again.

China’s rise as a manufacturing powerhouse is evident as the US trade deficit with that county takes off in the early 2000s. Chart adapted from page 200 of “ What if Things Were Made in American Again” by James A. Stuber
General Motors ventilator factory
To provide additional ventilator capacity for Covid-19 patients in ICU wards, Formaspace delivered 500 workbenches in just 18 days to the new General Motors ventilator factory in Kokomo, Indiana.

Stuber’s Seven Reasons Why WTO Challenges Are Not Effective In Righting Trade Wrongs

  1. Relief is not until after harm has already been done.
  2. It is difficult to know where the harm is coming from.
  3. It is necessary to provide the foreign manufacturer’s actual cost of production
  4. It is necessary to define the affected industry and to obtain the participation of 51% of it
  5. There will be much opposition from importers, retailers, etc.
  6. The entire process is extremely expensive and time-consuming
  7. The remedy is never sufficient.

Who Determines What Is Made-In-America?

Around the world, consumers generally prefer products made locally, a purchasing behavior known as “nationality bias.”

custom battery storage units
Formaspace built these custom battery storage units here in the US for Marine Helicopter Squadron One, the Marine Corps unit responsible for helicopter transportation of the President and Vice President of the United States.

Buying An American Made Car Should Be Easy, Right? But It Isn’t.

Keeping with the Made-in-America theme, President Biden said in a recent speech that “the federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles, which we’re going to replace with clean electric vehicles made right here in America made by American workers.”



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