How to Build a Made in America Home by Ben Forer (Consumer Report)

This article describes how we, as Americans, can create over 200,000 jobs by simply utilizing building products made right here in the U. S. of A.  For the Homeowner, the end price of a brand new home is virtually identical to when Non-American building products are used.  For the Builders and Contractors:  if every builder and contractor purchase just 5 percent more of American building materials – hundreds of thousand of jobs would be created for our very own.

Chadsworth Columns supports the idea of utilizing American-made building products.  The only people stopping our economy from growing and regaining strength are ourselves.  However you want to describe it – jumping on the bandwagon, taking the initiative, or even re-innovating the innovative – the light at the end of the tunnel will shine brightly for American citizens.

How to Build a Made in America Home

By: Ben Forer

Source: Consumer Report (online)

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2011/10/how-to-build-a-made-in-america-home/

In Bozeman, Montana, 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 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.

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

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