Q: “I noticed that it says ‘Made in USA’ but I’m emailing to ask if your galvanized steel grounding rods meet FHWA domestic sourcing standards (i.e. manufactured in US). The relevant Federal code is: 23 CFR 635.410.“
Ohio Department of Transportation
Yes, Henry, Galvan Industries galvanized ground rods do meet the requirements of Federal Code 23 CFR 635.410.
As you know, to be recognized as a US-made product under this regulation, all manufacturing processes must take place domestically. “Manufacturing” is defined any process that modifies the chemical content, physical shape or size, or final finish of a product. Manufacturing begins with the initial melting and mixing, and continues through the bending and coating stages. If a domestic product is taken out of the US for any process, it becomes foreign source material.
To make a long story short, all American-made Galvan ground rods, including our high-quality galvanized ground rods, meet Buy American requirements.
Galvan Industries ground rods are manufactured in Harrisburg, N.C. substantially from articles, material or supplies mined, produced or manufactured in the United States as defined in the Buy American Requirement under section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, and the Buy America Act, United States Codes 23 USC 313 and Code of Federal Regulations 23 CFR 635.410.
Plus, every Galvan hot dip galvanized ground rod at least eight feet in length is UL and/or CSA listed. Most competitor’s galvanized rods are not listed at all.
We are happy to issue BAA certificate letters specifically for and with our American-Made Galvan electrical products.
Thank you for your question and for supporting American industry.
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