What is made in the USA, and do you care?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Eden Lights, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. Eden Lights

    Eden Lights LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just finished watching the Titans get beat and it reminded me of something that I have been thinking about since a recent visit to a lighting manufacturer. On the back of the Tampa Bay Bucs helmet was a good size USA flag. First what fixtures and transformers are made where? And second do you or your customers really care?

    I will say that I do care, but I have not actively done anything about it, such as researching products and etc. I don't think my customers care, but I do think it is a good sales tool if it presented to the customers as high quality American made product.

    Now what is made where? If it is made in ? and assembled in the USA, how do we count it? I consider those products assembled here to be of better quality that those not even if the raw pieces are made somewhere else.

    FXL - FX products are manufactured in southern California where we comply with the worldÂ’s toughest environmental, labor and work place safety regulations. We are proof positive that an American company can still compete very successfully with foreign made brands. We win the game with superior quality, delivery and support.

    Hadco ?

    Kichler - All China

    BK Lighting - Everything that I buy from them says made in the USA

    Vista?
    Hunza?
    HK Lighting
    RSL Lighting
    Dabmar
    Focus
    Hevi Lite
    Hydrel
    Kim
    Nightscaping
    Greenlee
    Bronzelite
    Hinkley
    Escort
    Hanover
    Unique
    Lumiere
    Coppermoon
     
  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    vista is 100% us made except for the usho bulbs.

    i just got baack from thier plant. They have a great operation and they make everything in house. they also have a 24 hour ship guarantee on custom orders, even if it's one fixture.

    they have a great operation.
     
  3. pete scalia

    pete scalia LawnSite Senior Member
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    Excellent Topic
    :usflag:
    In addition how bout

    SPJ- China
    Aurora light- ?
    Lightcraft- China
    Cast- South America
    MDL-?
    Justin- ?
    Federated-?
    Atom lighting ?
    Evening lights- china
    Frog lights- china
    winnscape-?
    BQL-china
    CCL-china
    Atlas-?

    Regarding FXL has anyone seen their manufacturing facility in So Cal?
     
  4. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    Really I have no problem w/ foreign made products as long as their presence in the US is very available & their quality is good.
     
  5. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    it matters to me where they are made. I would like to buy only us made goods if a all possible.
    and i try to avoid all goods from china. That, however, is getting harder and harder.
     
  6. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    How can you even compare anything that's made in the USA? 80% is made somewhere else. I hate Chinese made stuff, but try and find it made here. I'm talking anything made, not lighting products, but I'm sure it applies here.

    I'll buy something brand new and it doesn't work. Ahh, made on China. So if I could find these items made in the US, would they work better? I'll never know since they don't exist.:cry:
     
  7. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    It seems like everything I buy US made turns out to be junk lately. Cars, clothing, etc... I buy a foreign car & it will run forever.
     
  8. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Maybe a Japanese vehicle, not a Chinese, Korean etc.
     
  9. pete scalia

    pete scalia LawnSite Senior Member
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    They don't make their own brass and copper products. That is outsourced. can't tell you foreign or domestic. my guess would be foreign though
     
  10. pete scalia

    pete scalia LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone afraid of Chinese made lighting products sprayed with lead paint? Not much of a risk of anyone chewing on them but you never know. Better safe then sorry.
     

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