Made in the USA - Really
LakeAir Products are really made in the USA. Many of our competitors and other companies in our industry claim that their products are made in the USA. However on closer examination we find many of their parts are made abroad brought here and assembled into their air purifiers and smoke eaters. There are very specific standards that must be met before a company can legally claim a product is made in the USA. Far to often these guide lines are ignored.
What does it mean to be Made in the USA
The US Federal Trade Commission states “For a product to be called Made in USA, the product must be “all or virtually all” made in the U.S. There are over 40 pages of documentation that go through other factors. Such as the percentage of cost of the foreign parts. This article will not go into depth on all of these factors. But suffice it to say the processes and costs of making any product must be of domestic origin.
LakeAir Manufacturing Process is "Made in the USA"
Let’s take a quick look at the LakeAir Manufacturing Process.
- LakeAir Products are designed in our offices in Racine WI. No foreign designs are used
- Raw Materials
- All our steel, aluminum and GPO3 are locally sourced
- Sheet Good processing
- We cut all sheet goods on our laser or shear
- All parts are cut or punched on our laser and punch presses
- All parts are formed on our break presses
- All parts are welded or rivetted by skilled craftsmen in our plant
- Powder Coating
- All metal parts are powder coated on site
- All assembly processes are performed by craftsmen in our Racine plant
Non Manufactured Parts Procurement
There certainly are parts that cannot be made in our plant. We don’t wind motors, produce fan blades or make transformers. Some of our vents are made by a vendor in Genoa Wisconsin. Our thin pre filters and carbon filters are made in Verona Wisconsin. Our HEPA filters are made in Ohio. We do all we can to find the best parts, Made in the USA. If we cannot find a part in the USA, we look to our allies. Some of the best blowers are made abroad. We import blowers for a few of our units from French and German manufactures. In our most recent purchasing audit we established that less than 10% (using cost analysis) of our parts came from non domestic sources. Our customers have made it clear to us they do not want parts from China in products they buy. For this reason we avoid purchasing parts made in the Peoples Republic of China.
One of the biggest concerns from customers is about replacement parts and replacement filters. The replacement filters for our products are all made in the USA. You don’t need to worry about inferior filters from overseas off gassing in your homes and businesses.
Shop LakeAir With Confidence
Manufacturers are not obligated by law to disclose what percent of their products are truly made in the USA. We bring this information to you the consumer so you can buy our products and be confident your purchases were made right here in America.
Smith, Gambrell & Russell Law Firm