A lot of decisions come with renovating or building new countertops or shelving units. Sure, you want it to look just right, but you also want it to be sturdy, strong, and most importantly – safe.
In the world of support brackets, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything that isn’t made of steel. It’s a strong and reliable material, so it has dominated the market for decades – and rightfully so. But settling on a steel bracket isn’t where your decision stops. Nowadays you need to know where that steel bracket was produced, and there are a lot of important reasons to make sure it was made in the USA.
Quality Matters When Safety is a Priority
Steel brackets may be cheaper when they’ve been produced elsewhere. But they’ll be just that – cheaper. The quality standards of many (if not most) fabricators abroad is much lower than they are in the US. In addition to low quality standards, many of these fabricators are not held accountable in the event that their product is defective. Their goal is to be the cheapest bracket on the market – nothing else.
Advanced Technologies Increase Quality
American-made steel is in a class of it’s own, and that’s partly because of the immense advances the US steel industry has taken over the past century. Advanced technologies that are available in the US make it possible for steel brackets to be stronger, thinner, aesthetically pleasing, and more reliable. They truly are the best quality you can find.
Pollution is a Factor
If the quality of the finished product isn’t regulated abroad, you can bet that the pollution emitted during manufacturing isn’t either. The US has very strict regulations in place that ensure steel manufacturers keep the process as clean and harmless as possible. While some pollutants emitted abroad may only have a localized effect, it is clear now that emissions entering the atmosphere and water eventually reach our shores – which means it’s in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.
American-Made Steel Keeps Jobs at Home
American-made steel doesn’t only produce high-quality brackets and support systems. It also creates tens of thousands of jobs in a wide range of skill-levels. The more highly-skilled jobs there are in the US, the better we ALL do. The entire economy benefits (not to mention your local communities).
Poor Working Conditions
There are different reasons that steel from abroad is cheaper than what you find in the U.S. The quality of materials used, the fabrication process, and foreign subsidies all play a role. But another huge factor leads to the low cost of steel – the working conditions of those employed by the fabricators and manufacturers. 12-hour days, 6-7 day workweeks, and pay that equates to dollars a day are what many workers face each and every day they show up for work. Every time steel is purchased from these companies, those conditions are supported.
When it comes to the integrity and reliability of something as critical as a kitchen island or office shelving unit, there is no reason to skimp on the cost of high-quality made-in-America steel. It is the best way to provide your family with the safest and strongest option available.
All of Steel Design Solutions’ brackets are proudly made in the USA from American-made steel.