I was wondering how many even think about this? Hwt's, furnaces, copper and black fittings. The list is endless.
I try when I can to support products made in Canada first, then made in North America. It seems that when you get to fittings most stuff comes from offshore. When I first started in the trade, offshore black fittings especially were avoided due to the poor quality. That is no longer an option as they all seem to be imported, quality has improved, but I would still like to support local if the wholesales would stock it. Cheaper I guess.
I feel if we do not support our own even if it costs a bit more we are just hurting ourselves.
So do any of you think about this stuff or try to practice purchasing domestic product? It gets hard, cause the stuff does not get stocked. I try to talk to the wholesales, but being larger corporations, they say their hands are tied by purchasing agents at a head office. Seems it don't help to be a squeaky wheel, but I still try to make my preference known.