Published July 12, 2021
Top 10 American-Made Products on Mortarr
Cue the fireworks and discover all of the high-quality goods made right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A.
By Halee Miller
The effects of the highly sought-after “Made in the USA'' stamp go much farther than a simple sense of patriotism. According to National Today, buying American-made products helps grow the American economy, supports small businesses, and gives communities a more stable environment to start new businesses. Trust us; you can make a difference as a consumer.
While we’re diving into the top 10 American-made products on Mortarr, don’t forget to buy American-made in all sectors of your life — not just the commercial construction and design one. Think clothing, furniture, food, and so on. Now, let’s get to the good stuff!
Mortarr Subscriber: OCL Architectural Lighting
Pro Team: Allsteel, Fine Line Custom Millwork, Formica, Modern Fold, Six Degree Flooring Surfaces, Studio TK
OCL Architectural Lighting is a Missouri lighting company that provides artistry through the power of light. They fiercely challenge all of the boundaries in the lighting industry — see the pendant above for proof. The custom chandelier made from the Aro™ Pendant is an extremely minimal fixture that intertwines three independent rings together to create a stunning focal point of any room.
Pro Team: Stantec, MMM Group, AJJN Photography
Certifications: LEED Gold
Structura can make your most extraordinary visions a reality using their 3D designer and four-step process of discover, define, design, and deliver. Refining far-out ideas into tangible lighting solutions, the Structura team has got your back. Their product SINE, a glulam solid wood and aluminum pole, mounted the luminaires to light up the Edmonton International Airport located in Alberta, Canada.
3. 2” Ultra-Thin Prestressed Precast Rainscreen Panels | Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
Mortarr Subscriber: Gage Brothers
Pro Team: Hord Coplan Macht, KL&A Structural Engineers, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, David Lauer Photography, ARCIS
Certifications: LEED Gold
Calling Sioux Falls, S.D. homebase since 1915, Gage Brothers has been a leading manufacturer of innovative architectural and structural concrete products for decades. Their high-quality, American-made products can be found in nearly 900 U.S. cities. The Aerospace Engineering Sciences building at the University of Colorado used their Ultra-Thin Prestressed Precast Rainscreen Panels to provide a more cost-effective, lower-weight building solution.
Icon Modern is a custom furniture and architectural elements manufacturer that’s keeping it local. All of their products are handcrafted in Chicago, Ill. with sustainable materials sourced within a 100-mile radius. They have over a decade of expertise in custom fabrication, so they can bring all of your unique ideas to life. This custom walnut reception desk with plasma-cut, hot-rolled steel elements is just one example of their top-notch products.
Mortarr Subscriber: Kalwall® Corporation
Pro Team: Ghafari Associates
Using the most advanced technologies in the world, Kalwall has been providing museum-quality daylighting™ to clients all over the world for more than 60 years. The American Airlines O’Hare Hangar 2 utilized Kalwall’s lightweight Wall System, providing glare-free natural light and superior thermal performance. The panels also added a striking architecture feature to the modernization program of the well-known international airport.
Maintenance-free indoor vertical garden installations are taking all of the hassle out of traditional living walls. Garden on the Wall’s products require no water, misting, irrigation, light, or soil — all while retaining a vibrant-looking plant wall for years to come. In the LightView Student Apartments project, Garden on the Wall provided the moss multi-panel installation. By creating a healthy and eye-catching design element, Garden on the Wall is perfect for any space.
Mortarr Subscriber: The Belden Brick Company
Pro Team: Weiss/Manfredi, Richard L. Bowen & Associates, W. L. Tucker Supply Co., Albert Večerka/ESTO, Joe Albert Studios
Certifications: LEED Platinum
As the largest family-owned brick manufacturer in the United States, The Belden Brick Company is built on the principles of integrity, community, quality, and service. Located in the heart of downtown Canton, Ohio, their products are a result of old-fashioned, quality craftsmanship and modern manufacturing technology — as seen in the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design building. The iron-spot brick facade and custom brick fins were even fired locally in a bee-hive kiln — pretty cool if you ask us.
Driven by a goal of simplifying LED lighting, SimplyLEDS was founded by electrical engineers in 2005. Now designing and building high-performance LED lighting right here in the U.S., SimplyLEDs also pride themselves in their customer service, working with their clients from start to finish. As seen at the Mariners Point Golf Center, their products can do it all — the FLD-RS area light and flagship fixtures provide a sleek architectural profile and a high-performance LED luminaire.
Mortarr Subscriber: Crossville
Pro Team: ACi Architecta, Lamm & Company Partners, Britannia Flooring, Crossville Studios
Established in 1986 as the first tile manufacturer in all of Tennessee, Crossville continues to pride itself in its exceptional and sustainable porcelain materials. From having a renowned tile recycling program, to its strategic local sourcing practices, Crossville is advancing the frontiers of tile design daily. As seen in the exterior cladding of the new First Church of Christ Scientist project, their Ash Shades porcelain stone tiles reference the past while embracing a current and contemporary design.
10. Shou Sugi Ban Larch Carbon, 2 + Modern Farmhouse Casual White Oak | Boston Dynamics, Massachusetts
Mortarr Subscriber: Pioneer Millworks
Pro Team: Anton Grassl Photography
With eco-friendly mills located in both New York and Oregon, Pioneer Millworks crafts the high-quality flooring, paneling, siding, and custom fabrication pieces that your next project is looking for. Sourced and crafted in the USA, Pioneer Millworks provided the stairs, floors, wall paneling, and a bar wrap in the Boston Dynamics facility — both Shou Sugi Ban Larch Carbon |2| and Modern Farmhouse Casual White Oak were used throughout the project.