MADE IN THE USA
Remington Products, headquartered in Wadsworth, Ohio, is a 100% Employee-Owned company. Our employees’ are dedicated to the performance of our company and in turn the company is dedicated to them. As we continue to grow, we are creating more and more American manufacturing jobs, helping to support the economy, and our nations future.
It’s our mission to do what is right for our employees, customers, vendors, the community, and the environment. We take pride in remaining a U.S. manufacturer and believe it provides numerous benefits including:
- High Quality and Labor Standards
- We believe in delivering quality craftsmanship, safe working conditions, and fair wages.
- Environmental and Social Compliance Standards
- We are committed to our environmental and social accountability policies.
- Supporting Our Troops and National Security
- We comply with many federal mandates for American-made products.
BERRY, KISSELL, TAA, & BUY AMERICAN COMPLIANT
There are several laws in place that require certain goods purchased by federal agencies to be produced in the U.S. Over the years these regulations have expanded to state and local governments. Familiarity with these laws is crucial when working with government funded agencies.
More about the Berry & Kissell Amendments, TAA, & the Buy American Act
What is the Berry Amendment?
The most well-known legislation, the Berry Amendment (10 U.S.C. § 2533a) was originally passed by the U.S. Congress in 1941 to promote U.S. goods and preserve the U.S. industrial base during World War II. Within the last 15 years, the amendment has been revised several times to include restrictions on the use of funding for the Department of Defense (DoD). These restrictions prohibit funding to be used on certain items, components, and materials unless they are of U.S. origin and wholly U.S. produced. Some of the products affected by the Berry Amendment include:
- Clothing (such as uniforms, outerwear, footwear and boots, helmets, belts, gloves, etc.)
- Fabric and Textiles (such as cotton, canvas, and synthetic fibers for tents, bags, body armor, etc.)
- Specialty Metals
- Hand and Measuring Tools
What is the Kissell Amendment?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5) aims to create funds specifically for stabilization projects such as job creation and preservation, infrastructure investments, etc. Section 604, also referred to as the Kissell Amendment (6 U.S.C. § 453b), is modeled after the Berry Amendment but for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This statute prohibits the DHS from using funding on similar items as stated above, like clothing, textiles, and footwear, but excludes food, hand and measuring tools.
What is the TAA?
The Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (19 U.S.C. Ch. 13), or the “TAA”, was passed by U.S. Congress to implement trade agreements that encourage and stimulate a fair, open world trade market. Under TAA and current Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), specifically relating to Part 25 – Foreign Acquisition, products and services under government contract are required to be manufactured or “substantially transformed” in the U.S. or a designated country. Federal regulations also define the list of countries that are acceptable or designated under these trade agreements (FAR 52.5225-5). This list is also known as TAA designated or compliant countries.
What is the Buy American Act?
The Buy American Act (41 U.S.C. Ch. 83), passed in 1933, created a national preference for all federal procurement. This means when a government entity or contract is involved, goods and services should be domestic. Over the years, this act has spawned numerous additional legislation like “Buy American” or “Hire American” laws that vary from the different government agencies. Although all of these “prefer” U.S. produced products, some do include specific language about a percentage of allowable imported components.
What is Berry/Kissell/TAA/Buy American Compliance?
Each of these laws cover different items, restrictions, and specific rules which must be followed. For example, the Berry Amendment has numerous exceptions (DFARS 225.7002-2). In some cases, in order to be able to work with federal and military contracts, you must be able to prove your products and/or components are compliant. Most government contracts (the most well known being DLA Contracts or GSA Schedules) have requirements on products and services being obtained from and made in U.S. or TAA compliant countries.
Remington Products has extensive experience working with these contracts and can help to navigate the complex nature of the requirements. We can assist with proof of compliance, 3rd party testing, certificates of conformance, etc. We offer numerous materials that fulfill these requirements and provide special characteristics, to meet the needs of your project.
Not sure if your project is required to be Berry compliant or needs to be in compliance with other regulations? Contact Us.