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Everything we design, make, and sell at Backyard Buddy is made in the USA.

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Backyard Buddy: Home of the Best U.S.-Made Car Lift

It seems like a simple claim, but those of you with a good eye might notice that more and more companies are finding ways to weasel around their own “Made in the USA” claims.  Not Backyard Buddy, of course. We make entirely U.S.-made auto lift products, parts and accessories, no ifs, ands or buts about it.

Why an All American-Made Car Lift Matters

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), who enforces “Made in the USA” claims, states that in order to make the claim, “all or virtually all” of the product must be made in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US Territories and possessions.

There’s where the first level of deception begins. “All or virtually all” allows for some foreign parts, though according to the FTC they must be “negligible.” “Negligible” does not mean “non-existent.” In its own example on how to assess the “all or virtually all” statement, the FTC states that a grill with its main components made in the USA, but with knobs made in Mexico is still considered “Made in the USA.”

That seems like splitting hairs compared to the definition of what comprises the USA. If you read carefully, you will note that it also includes US Territories. This means that a product made in American Samoa, Guam, or the Northern Mariana Islands can also be called “Made in the USA.” If you think we’re being too picky with this distinction, consider this: while these are technically US territories, they enjoy few of the labor, safety, or environmental protections that we take as a matter of course on the mainland. As you may imagine, American entrepreneurs are smart, and have taken advantage of this situation to produce products that can boast “Made in the USA” but are produced in conditions that would be unacceptable in the 50 states.

If you still think we’re being picky, consider a new type of label we’re seeing lately — “Designed in the USA” and “Assembled in the USA.” The first, “Designed in the USA” is almost meaningless. Most companies design their products in the USA; and then send them out for bids to foreign manufacturers who ruthlessly cut corners in quality, labor costs, and safety to come out with the lowest bid.

The second “Assembled in the USA,” is a little more tricky. To its credit, the FTC does not allow products with a trivial assembly operation performed in the US to be considered “Assembled in the USA.” A product’s principal assembly as well as its final “substantial transformation” must occur in the US for this label to apply, but a substantial amount of foreign-made components (potentially all) are still allowed in the product.

Now that you know all of that; know this. Backyard Buddy’s products are made in the USA. Period. We machine American steel, assemble American components, apply American finishes, and ship our products by American carriers. All of our lifts are designed, tested, and assembled in our factory in Warren, Ohio by American workers. 

That’s a truly American-made auto lift in every sense of the term.

Looking to buy a U.S.-made car lift? That’s all you’ll find from Backyard Buddy.

Made in the USA. Full stop.