Welded steel pipe and tube must be both manufactured in the United States and produced from steel that is made and melted in the United States in order to satisfy the requirement of the Buy American Provision contained in the ARRA.
The Buy American Provision Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 1990 ("ARRA")
The Buy American Provision of the ARRA, which was signed into law on February 17, 2009, states that:
"[n]one of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by the [ARRA] may be used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States."
On August 30, 2010, the Federal Acquisition Councils, in order to further implement the Buy American Provision of ARRA, issued a Final Rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). The Final Rule is effective October 1, 2010 and applies to solicitations issued and contracts awarded on or after October 1, 2010.
Prior to the issuance of the Final Rule some confusion existed as to whether there was a requirement that welded tube and pipe be manufactured from steel that was melted domestically. The Final Rule makes it clear that in order to satisfy the requirement of the Buy American Provision of ARRA, welded tube and pipe must be manufactured in the United States. Which means rolled in the United States from steel that is made and melted in the United States. Welded steel pipe and tube manufactured in the United States but made from steel that was PRODUCED USING FOREIGN SLABS DOES NOT QUALIFY under the Buy American Provision of ARRA.
Wheatland Tube products are manufactured in the United States, and are produced from steel that is made and melted in the United States.
Wheatland Tube has the strength to deliver support to customers who supply products for projects that are funded by the ARRA.
When you purchase Wheatland Tube's products you can purchase with the confidence that Wheatland Tube satisfies the strictest of standards to be considered American Made, Made in America, or Buy American.
For more information about the "Buy America — Recovery Act" provision, Section 1605 in Division A, and the interim rule amending the Federal Aquisition Regulation (FAR), please go to www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/.