PRO-605 American-Made Materials Policy

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    The purpose of this policy is to establish preference for the purchase of American-made materials in certain circumstances, exemptions to American-made, and official procedure to ensure compliance.


    Wisconsin statutes provide that the state will purchase materials which are manufactured to the greatest extent in the United States (US) when all other factors are substantially equal. Preference for American-made materials applies to all state purchases regardless of dollar amount.
    "Substantially equal" refers a tied bid or price quotation (for purchases lower than competitive bidding thresholds). For guidance on handling tied bids, see PRO-305, Basis for Bid Awards.

    "Manufactured in the US" means that materials are manufactured in whole or in substantial part within the US, or that the majority of the component parts thereof were manufactured in whole or in substantial part in the US.

    For additional terms applicable to this policy, see PRO-101, Procurement Definitions and Thresholds.

    Wisconsin statutes also require agencies to write specifications to permit the purchase of materials manufactured in the US to the greatest extent possible.

    Materials and Goods vs. Services

    This policy applies to the purchase of goods/materials only. See PRO-204, Contractual Services Procurement, for separate rules related to services being performed in the US.


    The following types of purchases are excluded from this policy:   
    • Purchases of materials for commercial resale.
    • Purchases of material for use in the production of goods for commercial resale.
    • Purchases of stationery and printing materials.

    If the State Bureau of Procurement or its delegated agents determine that materials involved are not manufactured in the US in sufficient or reasonably available quantities, or the quality of the materials is substantially less than the quality of similar available materials manufactured outside the US, those purchases are also exempt.


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PRO-605 American-M​ade Materials Policy​​​