For some, a product’s origin country is an important factor in the decision making process. For our US-based clients, we find that the ability to use a product that is made in the USA can play a vital role in securing jobs, as some projects either give favor to American-made lighting fixtures or outright require them. This can be especially true for Government contracting work or projects covered by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Made vs. Assembled
When identifying products that are US-based, you will come across the terms “Made in the USA” and “Assembled in the USA”. They are similar, but technically mean two different things.
- Made in USA: A product must be all or virtually all made in the United States. "All or virtually all" means that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. That is, the product should contain no — or negligible — foreign content. (excerpt from ftc.gov)
- Assembled in USA: A product that includes foreign components whose principal assembly takes place in the U.S. and the assembly is substantial. For the "assembly" claim to be valid, the product’s last "substantial transformation" also should have occurred in the U.S. (excerpt from ftc.gov)
Whether made in the USA or assembled here of outsourced components, a domestic-based light fixture provides many advantages including local quality control and thousands of good-paying American high-tech and manufacturing jobs. Money spent on American fixtures will, for the most part, stay in America.
Made/Assembled in USA products not only provide excellent quality, but are also a boon to the American workforce and economy.
At Take Three, we recognize the importance American-based lighting fixtures can have on your project bids, so we’ve marked these fixtures with a “Made in USA” graphic. This applies to both “Made in USA” and “Assembled in USA” products. Always consult the manufacturer’s literature for more information or contact us if you need help differentiating between made vs. assembled.
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