Court affirms rebar tie wire must be Buy America certified

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On December 21, 2015, the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia ruled that rebar tie wire and other miscellaneous steel products on Federal-aid construction projects must meet Buy American requirements according to the Surface Transportation Act of 1982 and subsequent Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) rules. Judge Amit P. Mehta issued a decision for summary judgement in favor of plaintiffs challenging an FHWA memorandum from December 21, 2012 that waived Buy America requirements for miscellaneous steel or iron components.

The FHWA has vacated the original 2012 memorandum and informed its Division Administrators as of January 6, 2016.

MAR-MAC PREMIUM Tie Wire is made in the United States with 100% USA steel and is certified for every job with Made in the USA or Buy America requirements. MAR-MAC’s rigorous quality control program allows traceability back to the original heat for not only PREMIUM Tie Wire but also PREMIUM Nails and PREMIUM Bar Ties.

More information:
FHWA Email to Division Administrators to Vacate 2012 Memorandum

Canceled 2012 FHWA Memorandum

FHWA Construction Program Guide for Buy America

Opinion, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Civil No. 13-cv-01301

To learn more about how to get certification on MAR-MAC PREMIUM Building Products, call your Account Manager or our office at 1-800-541-2461.