Proudly Made in USA
It is with great pride that our products are labeled “MADE IN USA”
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), “Made in USA” means that “all or virtually all” the product was, indeed, made in America. The agency enforces the standard to ensure commercial compliance and confirm consumer confidence.
For a “Made in USA” claim to be accurate, all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Products should not contain any – or only negligible – foreign content.
Red Head Brass proudly conforms to the Made in USA standard and uses the FTC “Made in USA” guideline of “all or virtually all”.
Use the following checklist to ask your supplier if they truly comply to this important standard.
Questions to ask a supplier:
Are all aluminum extrusions fabricated at a US facility? If not 100%, what % is imported into the US?
Are all raw forgings fabricated at a US forging house? If not, what % is forged outside the US?
Are all raw castings fabricated at a US foundry? If not 100%, what % is cast outside the US?
Are all machining operations performed at US factories or machine shops? If not, what % is machined outside the US?
Are hardcoat anodizing and other finish operations performed at US operations? If not, what % is finished outside the US?
Is all final assembly done in the US? If not, what % is assembled outside the US?
Red Head Brass
Where: Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan
Where: Red Head, Ohio
Where: Red Head, Ohio, Pennsylvania
Where: Red Head, Ohio
Are all 6061-T6 extrusions equal in quality? The short answer is no. Our US based suppliers have pointed out that imported extrusions often barely meet the 6061 specification from a metallurgical requirement. Also, differences in quenching methods can allow for a different grain structure of the final product. Imported extrusions have also been found to be seamed (port hole extrusions) as opposed to seamless.
Red Head Brass uses only seamless 6061-T6 extrusions from our aluminum vendor in Pennsylvania.
Terminology such as “we buy only from US sources” does not always mean a US product. The “US source” may be a US-based broker that is bringing into the US imported raw materials and/or products.
When you purchase a high quality product from Red Head Brass, you not only support the dedicated members or the Red Head family, but hundreds of other American workers at the US mills, foundries, forging houses, machine shops, and finishers that we support with our business. Together we combine to produce what we believe are the highest quality and safest products available.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued two helpful documents that clarify the Made in USA standard for consumers.
This booklet – Complying with the Made in USA Standard – explains the Made in USA standard and defines the processes that Red Head Brass uses to ensure our full compliance with this important manufacturing and advertising standard.
This FTC Consumer Alert further explains the Made in USA Standard and outlines the processes that ensure consumer confidence in the Standard. If you believe a product is being erroneously promoted as “Made in USA” because it wasn’t – or because it contains significant parts or processing, please call the FTC – 1-877-FTC-HELP.
Note: Red Head Brass expansion rings are machined and finished at our manufacturing plant in Shreve, Ohio. Copper tubing used to fabricate the rings is no longer available from U.S. mills and must be purchased from non-U.S. sources; currently from North American, South America, and Europe.