US Auburn Manufacturing Inc. supplies its textiles with certification 100 % American made
In response to rising US Government and private industry requirements for proof that its textile product are made in America, AMI Auburn Manufacturing Inc. has been creating its own “Country of Origin certificate, which will be automatically issued with each price quotation as a service to its customers
The AMI certificate attests that the products are made in the U.S., from yarn to finished product, and at the company’ manufacturing facilities in Maine. In addition, AMI’s Country of Origin certificate also identifies textiles that comply with the Berry Amendment, a statutory requirement that restricts the DoD Department of Defense from using funds appropriated to DoD for procurement of food, clothing, fabrics, fibres, yarns, other made-up textiles, that are not grown, reprocessed, reused or produced in the U.S. The Berry Amendment has been critical to maintaining the safety and security of American armed forces, by requiring covered items to be produced in the U.S.
Kathie Leonard, AMI president and CEO states: “When we certify that our products are “Made in the USA”, we mean that not only are the products themselves assembled in the U.S., but that virtually all of the components are also made in the country. This raises the bar for suppliers who imply their products are US-made when, in fact, they are only warehoused here or are largely made from foreign materials. It these suppliers are not honest about the point of manufacture, chances are their products also don’t meet the proper safety and performance standards, thereby short changing the customer, and the US economy, as well”.
Leonard urges buyers to err on the side of safety and request a Country of Origin certificate. She adds: It is important to note that the word “Origin” refers to the country where the products are made – and not the country from where they are shipped. If suppliers choose to make claims that their products are made in the USA, the must comply with the FTC Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in the USA” policy. This requires a product bearing the words “Made in the USA” to actually be “all or virtually all” made in the USA. This means that the only product that is fully produced in the U.S. can be stamped with the label “Made in the USA” or use an American flag on the label.”
AMI is proud to attach the American flag on all its US-made products certifying that they are manufactured in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations of the FTC, The Buy America Act and the Berry Amendment (second link below). AMI was founded in 1979 and has since become a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of textile products for hundreds of extreme temperature industrial applications throughout the world, including welding protection, industrial insulation, safety apparel, gaskets and seals, and other MROP Maintenance, Repair, Operations and Production, and OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer applications.
In addition, on January 15, 2014, Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of the previously announced USD 1.4 million expansion investment at its Kitty Hawk manufacturing facility in Auburn, Maine. The 22500 sq. ft. added is nearly doubling the size of the facility, allowing the 35 year old company to optimise its manufacturing processes. Expanding the Kitty Hawk facility was a response to growing customer demand and reliable forecast for that demand to continue. AMI expects to grow more than 30 % in the next three years.
AMI’s ongoing investment in advanced weaving technologies coupled with its expertise in fibres, yarns, weaves and specialty coatings has resulted in a number of recent product enhancements to its line of Ever Green®R/R insulation covers, including Ever Green®HS for hot service, Ever Green(T) ET for elevated temperature, and Ever Green® CHW for chilled water systems. Recent additions to AMI’s hot work product line include AMI-TUF®TR translucent heat and fire barrier for data centre protection, hot and cold aisle containment, and hot work containment enclosures; a line of extreme barrier (EB) composites for heat containment; and an expanded line of extreme temperature tapes and tubing for the pyrotechnics industry.