An American Made 2012

The Answer to More Jobs Right Here in the U.S.A.

On the morning of December 25th, 2011, millions of kids ages 2 – 92 began tearing into wrapped boxes of joy. Remote control cars were unleashed, Disney dolls were getting their hair combed, and who knows how many people spent the rest of the day glued to their shiny new Apple iPads. The National Retail Federation estimated that the average American spent $700 on holiday gifts this year.

Recession? Truth is, many of those gifts were made in other countries stimulating their economies.

What if that money were spent on American made products?  The outcome, according to economists, would be the creation of 4.6 MILLION jobs! This theory spurned “World News with Diane Sawyer” to push for a “Made in America Christmas” urging people to spend at least $64 out of that $700 on American made gifts. Even that small amount would create 200,000 new jobs. Yes, you read that right, 200,000 NEW JOBS!

Now, what if that same theory was applied to housing? What would happen if all the materials that go into building a home were American made? How many jobs would that create? According to Anders Lewendal, an economist turned builder, he estimates that if every builder bought 5% more American made materials it would create 220,000 jobs. Yes, us Americans, buying American products and building with American products would create 220,000 JOBS!

An American Made 2012

Just 5%! Makes you wonder what impact 10% or even 25% would have. Hmm…


Written by Mike Keesee

Mike Keesee is a Certified Residential Designer, Florida Building Contractor, and Home Inspector.  His companies, Keesee and Associates, Inc. and FDS Engineering, provides residential design services throughout the US and abroad. To learn more about the companies go to and

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