Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber, has announced that July 2014 is Made in America month! The state of Oregon is supporting the Building a Better America Council in recognizing that everyone from contractor to consumer has the ability to make a positive impact in our community by choosing American made products and services. The BBAC, founded by owner of Westlake Development Group, Gerald Rowlett, is dedicated to connecting manufacturers of American-made products with consumers, builders, retailers and distributors throughout the country to increase the creation of American jobs and strengthen the American economy, while also reducing the building industry’s carbon footprint leading to a more sustainable environment.
GHID is a proud member of the BBAC, and worked with Westlake Development Group to build the first ever Made in America home on the Street of Dreams last year -- we are incorporating Made In America products again this year!
Let There Be Light in the Northwest!
Right downstairs from us, Rejuvenation offers a selection of classic American-made lighting and home fixtures. It was founded right here in Portland, Oregon in 1977 by Jim Kelley who was inspired to open a store after struggling to find fixtures that would preserve the look of his own historic home. Having grown and expanded significantly, they now have 4 retail stores, making shopping for these classic fixtures easier than ever!
Here is a behind the scenes look at their fixtures being hand polished - talk about quality and love!
Lovely, Local Furniture For A Lifetime
Also founded here in Portland is The Joinery, which started as a one-man shop and has since grown into a team of 30 employees who build quality, handcrafted pieces from local and sustainable wood that are guaranteed to last a lifetime. They have been recognized as one of Oregon's Best Green Companies because of their commitment to the environment, which includes running their operations on 100% renewable power.
Pacific Lifestyle's Passion for Upholstery
Pacific Lifestyle Furniture has a beautiful selection of furniture with their primary line being manufactured in America by the west coast's premier furniture manufacturer, and assembles in-house to assure the upmost quality! All custom order upholstery is made in the USA and is available in a wide variety of colors and styles to achieve your dream look!
Intricate Metal Details That Make Your Home Extra Special
Master Woodworks was involved in the American Dream home including the staircase, toe kick under the rec room bar, and the fireplace surround in the rec room. Based in Salem, Oregon, they work with wood and metal to make entirely custom pieces that are built to last, with their team of skilled craftsman. What sets them apart from other craftsmen is their ability to make any custom metal balustrade panels, such as the intricate design pictured above! And best of all, they are all Pacific Northwest!
To learn more about Garrison Hullinger's dedication to the Made in America ideal, be sure to take a look at our American Dream home from the 2013 Street of Dreams!
Also, if you want to make a difference, you can become a BBAC member by making a commitment to buy 5% more American made products, and your business may become BBAC certified by utilizing at least 90% American made products. Buying local and American made products is easy when you know where to go! Take a look at some of our local favorites below.