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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 / Buy American Act

There are two federal acts that govern the use of domestically produced material in government-funded projects.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) dedicated $787 billion toward economic stimulus, with more than $60 billion focused on modernization and construction projects. Within the ARRA, there are "Buy American" provisions that are preferential to materials manufactured in the U.S. However the Act contains provisions that allow the use of non-domestic product on some projects if the proper waivers are obtained.

The Buy American Act of 1933

The Buy American Act (BAA) was originally adopted as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal economic programs. This Act typically pertains to all government construction projects and is also preferential to products manufactured domestically. However, the Act includes provisions for foreign–made products on some projects if the proper waivers are obtained. This Act does not apply to government projects that are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Simpson Strong-Tie Products

All Simpson Strong-Tie® structural engineered connectors, prefabricated shearwalls, moment frames and Strong-Rod™ Systems are manufactured in the U.S. using global materials. In response to increased competition in the last decade, most fastener manufacturers have moved production overseas, and Simpson Strong-Tie is no exception. Many of our fasteners and Quik Drive® tools are manufactured overseas.

Products from Designated Foreign Countries

There are provisions in both the ARRA and BAA that allow products manufactured in designated countries to be used on some projects covered by these Acts. Designated countries include those that fall under the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) and Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Agreement between U.S. and Canada on Government Procurement or the U.S. – European Communities Exchange of Letters (May 15, 1995)

Please call (800) 999-5099 to talk with a Buy America specialist for more information.