Our rails are officially certified “Made In USA” from the 3rd party verifier "Made In The USA Brand". The certification process required 3rd party analysis of our supply chain as well as that of our aluminum supplier to make sure everyone is in compliance with the guidelines put forth by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). All parties were found to be in compliance with the FTC USA Made guidelines (which requires that metal must come from and machining be done in the US).
Our certification can be found by clicking HERE
FTC guidelines can be found HERE
Please note that our products are 3rd party "Verified" and NOT "Self Certified." "Self Certified" is different from and easier to obtain than 3rd party "Verified" as it does not require 3rd party oversight or supply chain analysis.
More on "Option A - Verified vs Option B - Self Certified" can be read HERE
Q: Can't you just import blanks and cut/finish them in the US to claim USA Made?
A: No, imported aluminum even if finished in the US would not qualify for the gold standard "Made In USA without Qualifier" certification that we qualify for.
Rather it would be considered "Made in USA of US and imported parts" (the qualifier being the phrase "of imported parts"). This qualifier phrase is mandatory at all times if a certain percentage of the material is imported.
Another option you may see from imported material is "Assembled in the USA." This means that the parts are imported but put together in the US.
Imported blanks finished in the US would fall under "Made in USA of US and imported parts" or "Assembled in the USA." It would not qualify for the "Made In USA without Qualifier" certification that we have.
Q: Can't you just pay "Made In USA Brand" for the certification?
A: The short answer is no. "Made in USA Brand" (the 3rd party verifier) offers 2 options for certification. Option A) Self-Certified or Option B) Verified. We are Verified not Self-Certified.
With option A) Self-Certified (which we are not), you can pay for a certification without 3rd party oversight. However, the FTC requires that the disclaimer "self certified" be added at all times. This requirement was posted to the FTC's website back in 2014, ftc.gov.
Option B) Verified (which is what we are) is a much more intensive process which requires the 3rd party verification process talked about above. It also requires that we comply with all applicable FTC Regulations for making Made in U.S.A. Claims.
Q: What do you mean by a made in USA qualifier?
A: "A qualified Made in USA claim describes the extent, amount or type of a product's domestic content or processing; it indicates that the product isn't entirely of domestic origin."
- "Made in USA of US and imported parts"
- "60% U.S. content"
- "Couch assembled in USA from Italian Leather and Mexican Frame"
(Source: Complying with the Made in USA Standard. (2015, January 09). Retrieved from https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-made-usa-standard)
Q: "Made in the USA Brand" had a lawsuit with the FTC, what's up with that?
A: Back in 2014 (before we were even a company), the FTC took "Made in the USA Brand" to court over its Self-Certified program saying companies must disclose when they are Self-Certified. That resulted in the 3 certification options shown above.
This lawsuit was a great thing because it:
- Helps current & future "Made in USA Brand" policies comply with FTC guidelines
- Shows that the FTC cares about the accuracy of 3rd party verifying companies and will take action if they are not in compliance
Q: Why didn't you just get certified by the FTC?
A: The FTC doesn't certify businesses, they only create the "Made in USA" guideline standards businesses must follow. That's where 3rd party verification comes in. The 3rd party verifier, "Made In USA Brand", had its certification polices looked at by the FTC. These certification policies were also posted to the FTC's website after they were reviewed.