Thursday, October 13, 2011


I watch World News with Diane Sawyer every evening while drinking my last cup of coffee of the day.  For the past few days she has been talking about products being made offshore invading just about part of our lives.  Then she decided to find out what can be made here.  I try to buy American as much as I can with costing me an arm and a leg but yesterday the reporter, David Muir, did a story about one new home contractor building an entire house with "Made in America" products.

Here is the story along with a list of the items that can be put into new homes that are manufactured right here.  When they took the list to Home Depot and Lowe's, the stores said that they really don't carry those brands but could special order them.  And we wonder what's wrong with the US of A?

Where You Can Buy Made in America Building Products

By Ben Forer, ABC news

In Bozeman, Montana, Anders Lewendal, owner of Bozeman Custom Homes 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.  Coach note:  this is very eye opening!

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

CLICK HERE for the list of products Lewendal is using to build the Made in America house.

Anders and Marilyn Lewendal

Coach note: Makes you wonder if the modular housing industry will start to using these products, which will help keep jobs in America and also use it to market ourselves as the American way to build your next home.  Just a thought!

1 comment:

William said...

Of the list you posted HOW MANY of them are directly related to what the modular company uses in their respective factories? Plus, from what I saw I do not see many that are not readily available to a modular manufacturer. If a small builder can find them so can the purchasing dept of any decent sized modular operation.
Hey, regarding your statement wondering if mod companies will start offering -- what a wonderful PR deal for ALL AMERICAN. All American homes built using ALL AMERICAN produced building materials, machinery, appliances, tools, etc.
Now the question is for someone to take a list like what you printed and put the pencil to it so see if it will increase the price of a modular home.