Buy American!

Federal stimulus funded jobs are requiring domestically-manufactured products.

On a office complex in Baltimore, MD, a popular imported threaded-rod hanger was thrown off the job and replaced with a domestic product. The new product performed as well, if not better, and was priced comparably, but the changeover caused delays and paperwork. Stories like this are encouraging an increasing number of federally-funded projects to start with, and use only, "Made In America" products.

LEED got people thinking about locally-sourced products; the economy is getting us to redefine our conception of local.