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Made In USA – It’s Harder Than It Sounds

A new home construction project in Florida is testing the concept of “Made in the USA” by requiring all materials and labor to be domestic made and legal respectively. It’s proving to be a difficult challenge.

Map of cellulose insulation producers in USA
The story from the Orlando Sentinel details this interesting project by a couple who imposed two rules for the builder constructing their new house: All products had to be made in the U.S., though not necessarily by a U.S. company. And all workers had to be legal residents of the country. According to the story, these mandates have added about $3,000 and several extra weeks of construction time to the project.

Although the story does not mention the insulation used, cellulose insulation would be the ideal insulation product for such a project. Cellulose Insulation is not only the greenest of the green, it’s also the Made-est in the USA of insulation products. The raw material is recycled paper taken from the waste stream generally within a few hundred miles of the plant where its produced. And all Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association members are domestic companies producing their products right here in the USA.

CIMA members ascribe to the idea of Think Globally – Act Locally. Their products tend to be regional in nature recycling local newspapers and turning them into highly efficient insulation products that are sold and installed in that same region.

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2012-12-29 18:18:50
Joe Klein says:

There are many spray foam and fiberglass insulation materials just as American. I commend the buyers on participating in this experience and you sharing it.

Thanks

Joe

2012-12-31 10:23:11
CIMA Admin says:

The current (February) issue of Consumer Reports also notes the difficulty of identifying Made In the USA products. Insulation materials are typically made fairly close to the point of use, but some components or raw materials may come from international sources and some of the producing companies may be foreign owned.

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