Building on an October 10, 2011, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer report entitled, “Made in America: A Blueprint for Creating Jobs,” local AEC industry insiders hope to harness the “Build the U.S” movement.
The ABC piece introduced viewers to Anders Lewendal, an economist turned builder, hard at work constructing a house made entirely from U.S.-made products. Everything from the nails, screws and bolts, to the steel, staples and bathtub is made in America.
Lewendal is convinced that if every builder bought just five percent more U.S.-made materials, they would create 220,000 jobs.
Intent on creating a network of American-made products, manufacturers and services, Dudley Powell and Gary Rackliff, two Orlando businessmen with decades of architectural and visualization experience between them, developed Build The U.S. to help like-minded architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals find resources and products distinctly found only in America.
“I’ve talked to a lot of building contractors and architects who love the idea of buying American,” Powell said. “These two industries have been devastated in recent years, and people are excited about boosting our economy while bringing jobs back to America. It really is a win-win idea.”
Buildtheus.com is a searchable database, a hub if you will, and not just a list of products and services. Its goal is to connect and showcase American-made products to builders and designers.