This July, in celebration of the birth of our nation, we would like to raise awareness for the economic and community impact of American-made manufacturers.
To understand the labels on each manufacturer and for what it takes to claim these labels, following are basic descriptions and resources:
The Buy American Act requires Federal agencies to procure domestic materials and products. Two conditions must be present for the Buy American Act to apply: (1) the procurement must be intended for public use within the United States; and (2) the items to be procured or the materials from which they are manufactured must be present in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities of a satisfactory quality. Ref: https://www.gao.gov
The Buy America Act applies mostly to mass-transit procurements for state and local government projects, such as the construction of highways, railways, or rapid transit systems. Any infrastructure project receiving federal funding must source their iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials from the United States. Ref: https://www.fema.gov
How does one claim to be “Made in the USA?”
According to the Federal Trade Commission, “Made in USA” means that “all or virtually all” the product has been made in America. That is, all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Ref: https://www.ftc.gov
Forum Lighting proudly designs and manufactures all products in Pittsburgh, PA by IBEW union employees tailoring specification-grade LED lighting to each project’s need.
Forum Lighting is at the forefront of LED design for offices, airports, and transportation centers—manufacturing high performance luminaires designed for ease of installation and maintenance. They are best known for their custom work at the award-winning World Trade Center Transportation Hub, and other transportation projects such as Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh.
Joining GE Current in 2021, Forum’s innovative features, design, and adaptability, are now complemented with the differentiated technology and value of Current’s expansive portfolio.
Barn Light Electric is America’s leading manufacturer of vintage-inspired lighting. They complete the construction, finishing, and assembly of their lights within their Titusville, FL facility qualifying most of their products to meet BAA’s standards. Thanks to this commitment to American manufacturing, they are able to offer an abundance of stylish, high-quality BAA compliant lighting options.
Dado Lighting created the first zero cavity fixtures the thickness of drywall. All their products and components are made in their factory located in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, with the exception of the LED chip and acrylic light guide panel due to the lack of North American sources. All projects are built in-house and pre-assembled to ensure the fixture matches up exactly to the drawings. All components are tested, labeled, and packaged to ensure smooth installation.
In the video below, Dave Beausoleil, President of CAST Lighting explains what “Made in the USA” means to him, and the importance of bringing manufacturing back to the United States. CAST Landscape solid-bronze, low-voltage lighting fixtures are the industry’s most durable, reliable and highest performing products. Using the method of sand-casting, they pour molten bronze to create their unique fixtures in Hawthorne, NJ.
Camman Lighting is based in Derry, PA. Camman’s skilled craftsmen ensure the highest individual attention to detail. Camman carries a full line of “Standard” products, and highly configurable “Camman Plus” products. Camman’s ETO (engineered-to-order) process enables them to design, engineer and manufacture to any customer’s unique specifications. Close customer engagement is provided throughout each project, infusing creativity, and ultimately meeting the needs of demanding projects.
Efficient-Tec International LLC offers a complete handrail solution for your code compliant projects. ETI specializes in ornamental metal railing systems in stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, and copper, both LED-illuminated and non-illuminated. Efficient-Tec International’s S3 handrail solutions can meet any requirement, either from their standard line of products or with modifications from their in-house engineering and fabricating staff in Dallas, TX.
Modular International’s manufacturing plant is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Modular is known for the original creation of the multiple lamp fixture concept and continue to be a pioneer in the movement to LED commercial lighting in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Their next project is part of the restoration of Downtown Pittsburgh–Allegheny Riverfront Park expected to be completed by 2023.
Cerno feels fixtures designed in America but manufactured overseas often had frustrating quality flaws and were limited by the inherent disconnect in their design-prototyping-manufacturing process. With innovations in incandescent and LED lighting, new technologies brought potential for efficiency, quality and beauty that had yet to be thoroughly explored or developed. So they set out to design and build original fixtures in sunny California.
Barn Light Electric recently added three new products to their Timber & Ore Collection featuring bold, modern looks with timeless appeal! Putting a fresh spin on vintage design, the Timber & Ore Collection offers a creative new look by contrasting wood’s natural character with metal’s innate ruggedness.
Each pendant is crafted entirely by hand to lend authenticity and every piece of wood is unique with slight, natural variations such as knots and grain differences due to natural growth patterns. Therefore, no two pieces will be exactly alike!
The Timber & Ore Collection is the new standard for rustic modern design and a perfect solution for hospitality, office, retail, and residential applications. A variety of finishes are available for the cup and ceiling canopies, along with wood and cord options available—all to meet your discerning taste in lighting!
Barn Light introduces their new Egg Collection! Available in multiple sizes, colors, finishes, and mounting styles, lighting designers can choose from these various customizing options and elevate any space with this versatile design! The Egg features an understated yet eye-catching aesthetic, high-performance technology, and a slight stem mounting. The pendant’s streamlined profile coordinates with many of today’s most popular styles allowing installation in nearly any location.
Cutting-edge LED components, integrated into this stylish fixture, convert electricity into illumination with astonishing efficiency. By requiring less energy to brighten a space, this technology offers significantly lower power bills and an eco-friendly design. Handcrafted and American made in Titusville, FL, every pendant is made-to-order.
With its bold, deep-bowl shape and straightforward sense of style, the Egg is the perfect solution for restaurants, cafés, hospitality, and even office lighting! As a decorative addition, this pendant contributes character and style to a décor making the Egg an excellent choice for residential lighting.
Bringing the warm, rustic feel of wood to classic lighting styles, this collection features a bold, new look with timeless appeal. Crafted entirely by hand to lend authenticity and uniqueness to each fixture, these lights are the new standard for rustic modern design! VIEW THE ENTIRE COLLECTION »
For those enamored with the latest styles and newest technologies, the Loma unites LED components with a curved, playful shape. As the ideal avenue for color, the Loma’s shade can feature two different finishes for its interior and exterior. These elevated looks are achieved with a copper or brass shade, which can be coated with a powder coat finish for an unexpected, truly unique style.
This eye-catching design is reinforced with meticulous craftsmanship and high-performance LED technology. By incorporating the LEDs directly into the Loma’s structure, Barn Light maximizes its potential output and efficiency. The Loma’s LED components offer 36,000 continuous hours of light while consuming very little electricity. Up to 4,000 lumens and multiple color temperatures ensure every space receives its perfect touches of light. View More Details »
Classic yet contemporary, the Parabolic Linear 12-Light Chandelier features a striking yet straightforward appearance. Affixing twelve round shades, crafted entirely by hand, to a simple metal structure, the Parabolic Linear offers a versatile design that complements the very latest styles and more traditionally decorated spaces. All of the chandelier’s shades can be rotated to face upwards or towards the ground or can alternate for a playful appearance.
Multiple finish options available — a diverse array of powder coat colors, along with refined copper and brass — determines the Parabolic Linear’s sense of style. View More Details »
Upcycling the tops of retired acetylene tanks as pendants, the Mig provides homes and businesses with an authentic industrial character. Clustered together, these pendants function as a creative, eye-catching focal point. This ceiling light’s rugged charm appeals to both contemporary and traditional décors, which lets any setting embrace a heightened aesthetic.
An abundance of finish options —porcelain, powder coat, and a retro spray finish — gives this fixture a unique appearance, one that perfectly matches any space’s sense of style. View More Details »