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Build the U.S. Wants to Help get America Back to Work

 Recent cooperative efforts to get the economy rolling through individual purchasing power include the Build the U. S. movement. Build the U. S. is a grassroots organization made up of manufacturers, contractors, architects, interior designers, and home buyers committed to buying and selling materials made in the USA for use in construction projects – public and private, commercial and residential. Born primarily from the desire to contribute in large ways and small to getting America back to work, Build the U.S. also brings American-made building materials back into vogue after the hard lessons learned by homeowners, homebuilders, product distributors, and manufacturers from the Chinese drywall debacle and other such consumer-products fiascos.This movement appeals to individuals who want to focus their consumer spending in a way that also helps others. Since consumer spending makes up seventy percent (70%) of our economy and since the purchase of American-made products promotes the hiring of employees in the manufacturing plants, construction owners may consider the impact they could have by encouraging their architects to specify American-made materials and by also encouraging their contractors to purchase new, American-made building products for incorporation into their projects. Architects already assist their construction owners to evaluate the cost, energy-savings, and green characteristics of specified materials. Build the U.S. estimates that with contractors purchasing five percent (5%) more in American-made products, we could generate another 220,000 jobs.  The website provides the database of American-made product suppliers and distributors to make the construction professional’s job easier.

Developers, homeowners, condominium associations, and others involved in renovating their current properties can avail themselves of this information at www.buildtheus.com.
 

Claramargaret H. Groover

Claramargaret Groover

cgroover@bplegal.com

Ms. Groover specializes in construction law and currently serves on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law (2017-2020). She is former Chair (2015-2017) of Division 12 Owners & Project Finance for the Forum and chairs the Subcommittee on Construction Transactions of The Florida Bar Construction Law Committee. In addition to her Florida Bar certification in construction law, she is certified as a Circuit Civil and Appellate Mediator and she has qualified as a Florida Arbitrator. Ms. Groover has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer each year since 2009 and she is a member of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

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