EJ USA, Inc manufactured products are melted, poured, finished, machined, coated, and assembled exclusively in the United States of America. This includes but is not limited to: manhole frames and covers, curb inlets and frames, utility castings, airport and port authority castings, tree grates, trench grates, drainage grates, WaterMaster® fire hydrants, FlowMaster® RW gate valves, valve boxes and meter boxes. Material certifications are available by request per project.*
Our country of origin markings are cast in the product in compliance with the Federal country-of-origin marking law. A special statutory marking law for manhole rings, frames and covers states markings must be on the top surface so you can visually see where the product was made once installed.
Our modern manufacturing plants employ world class machinery, systems, and processes to produce specified products efficiently and on time. Manufacturing locations are found in East Jordan, MI; Ardmore, OK; Cicero, NY; St. Clair, PA; Muskegon, MI; and Tooele, UT.
EJ is a family owned company that has a long history of fostering strong customer relationships throughout North America. The first foundry was established in East Jordan, Michigan, USA in 1883. In the 1990s, new acquisitions throughout the United States allowed the company to expand product lines, sales offices, distribution capabilities and customer service across North America. Distribution coverage continues to expand into new markets.
Passed by Congress in 1933 and signed by President Hoover, this broad act stated that all goods for public use (government projects) must be produced or manufactured in the U.S. from U.S. materials.
This act began in 1982 with the Reagan Administration and ensures that American-made municipal castings must be used in federal, state and local-level public works infrastructure projects that are funded or financed with federal U.S. taxpayer dollars. Products covered by the law (municipal castings) include access hatches; ballast screens; benches (iron or steel); bollards; cast bases; cast iron hinged hatches, square and rectangular; cast iron riser rings; catch basin inlet; cleanout/monument boxes; construction covers and frames; curb and corner guards; curb openings; detectable warning plates; downspout shoes (boot, inlet); drainage grates, frames and curb inlets; inlets; junction boxes; lampposts; manhole covers, rings and frames, risers; meter boxes; service boxes; steel hinged hatches, square and rectangular; steel riser rings; trash receptacles; tree grates; tree guards; trench grates; and valve boxes, covers and risers.
Transportation infrastructure projects built with iron, steel, and manufactured products must also be produced in the United States. This applies to mass-transit related procurements valued over $100,000 and funded at least in part by federal grants. This includes highways, bridges, airports and tunnels.
Waivers may be obtained if applying for these requirements would be inconsistent with the public interest, iron and steel products are not available in sufficient and reasonably available quantities, or the inclusion of domestic materials would increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent.
In 2009, President Obama expanded Buy America domestic content requirements with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Severe penalties exist for contractors who fail to comply with the "Buy America" provisions of the law.
Stemming from the 2009 expansion of the Buy America Act, this provision requires domestic iron, steel, and manufactured goods for
U. S. federally funded clean water and waste water infrastructure projects.
In 2017, the Trump Administration gave executive order to continue to prefer U.S. made products under the Buy American and Buy America Acts and renew stimulus in the U.S. economy.
For more information, visit out Government Regulations page.
Our distribution network, manufacturing facilities, sales locations across the U.S., and highly developed understanding of local cultures and standards puts us in a perfect place to back our solutions with knowledgeable and responsive customer service. Our modern, regional production capabilities put inventories within quick reach of our customers. The result: Our customers have unrivaled access to innovations, inventories and service in the field.
We can help make sure your projects comply with these federal regulations. Certification concerning country of origin and technical drawings of products manufactured by EJ USA Inc. are available upon request.
*EJ purchases several non-cast component items from outside vendors. These items are not manufactured by EJ and may be supplied by non-domestic sources. Manufacturer or vendor certificates of compliance and country of origin statements are available for these components upon request. Please contact your local sales representative for further information.