However, because of COVID-19, many federal construction projects are facing significant delays in shipments from around the world.

The United States has had a “Buy America” act in place for over 80 years. The act helps to encourage the purchase of American goods over imported products.

The Buy American Act guides all U.S. federal government agencies to purchase goods valued over the U.S. micro-purchase threshold currently set at $10,000 for any project for public use.

Even though these laws have been in place for 80 years, there are workarounds. For example, suppose a product is not available when needed, or the price is too high. In that case, the government can purchase products made outside the USA.

However, because of COVID-19, many federal construction projects are facing significant delays in shipments from around the world. Hence, there is a renewed interest in buying “Made in America” products and bringing manufacturing back home.

For example, in 2020, the Office of Management and Budget’s launched a new website— Made in America— to fulfill a vital aspect of a January executive order from President Joe Biden ordering federal agencies to buy more American-made products. You can learn more about this effort by visiting: https://www.madeinamerica.gov

So, how can you address your current supply chain headaches?

confast wedge anchor

Start purchasing more American Made products.

There are products available for infrastructure projects is Confast concrete fastener manufactured by Concrete Fastening Systems.

You may be thinking they can’t be the same kind of quality and lower cost we are purchasing now?

The problems of the past are no longer an issue. The quality of these concrete anchors is excellent, and specification requirements are accurate.

For example, you can purchase American-made wedge anchors from Concrete Fastening Systems Inc., located in Cleveland, Ohio. The brand name of our American-made wedge anchors is “Thunderstud.” We have been manufacturing our Thunderstud in the U.S. for over 40 years.

All standard sizes come in carbon steel that is zinc-plated and hot-dipped galvanized in 303 and 316 stainless steel. Special lengths and materials can also be manufactured with certification that they are American-made and certification of the use of American steel to meet these requirements. The nuts and washers packaged with the wedge anchors are not made in the U.S. You can order American-made nuts and washers as needed.

American-made drop-in anchors are also available. In 2010- Concrete Fastening Systems Inc. brought back the ability to manufacture them in the United States. All drop-in anchors are available in carbon-zinc plated, 303 stainless steel, and 316 stainless steel. Most of the diameters are in stock in smaller quantities at this time, and large amounts have a two-to-four-week lead time.

American-made concrete fasteners are always the right choice when possible.

Concrete Fastening Systems, Inc. has sold concrete fasteners for over 30 years from a fully stocked warehouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Free, same-day shipping in every length and diameter is available by ordering at www.confast.com, followed by product delivery within 1-3 days.