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Wow...go on vacation and you sure miss out on a lot!

One of the other threads (which will remain nameless) brought up the issue of "Made In USA". Some of the comments concerning what constitutes being able to make that claim prompted me to do a little research...


"For a "Made in USA" claim to be accurate, all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Products should not contain any - or only negligible - foreign content. "
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/usaalrt.htm


Aluminum June 2003 figures
461 out of 1804 1000s of metric tons
461 figure split between USA and Canada
http://www.world-aluminium.org/iai/stats/150.html


"Bauxite consists of 45-60% aluminum oxide, 12-30% water, and various other impurities. Bauxite is typically mined in open-pits and either processed into alumina near the mining operation, or shipped to smelting markets around the world for processing. Less than 1% of aluminum in the U.S. comes from domestic bauxite. Major bauxite producing countries include Australia, Guinea, Brazil, Jamaica, and the former republics of the U.S.S.R. "
..."However, only about half of the alumina supplies in the U.S. are refined domestically."
http://www.energysolutionscenter.org/HeatTreat/MetalsAdvisor/aluminum/mining_and_primary_processing/mining_and_primary_process_description.htm


OK, you can probably see where I'm going with this. Aluminum makes up a large portion of archery gear...bow risers, releases, sights, arrows...did I miss anything?

Making a few assumptions about the figures above...

461K metric tons split between the US and Canada. 230.5K metric tons mined in the US. This is number is probably less, but for the sake of discussion, let's just say it's 50-50. 230.5 out of 1804 is roughly 13% of material that makes aluminum comes from US mining sources...but wait...From above quote..."Less than 1% of aluminum in the U.S. comes from domestic bauxite." So Canada is actually prodicing a lot more amulinum than the US.

"only about half of the alumina supplies in the U.S. are refined domestically". When I read this, it infers that less than 50% of aluminum used in the US is refined here.

With the definition above of "Made In USA" requiring that "Products should not contain any - or only negligible - foreign content.", how can any maker of an archery product that is primarily aluminum make the claim "Made in USA"?
 
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