Buy America Act Law and Legal Definition

The Buy America Act (Act) was enacted in 1933 by the federal government of the U.S. The Act states that all federal construction contracts that are performed within the U.S. must use domestic construction materials.

The purposes of the Act are as follows:

1. To increase American made product purchases;

2.To protect American jobs;

3.To protect American investments;

4.To protect the American manufacturing industry.

The Act also increases profitability of steel and lumber industries. In addition, the Buy America Act recognizes Canadian end source product as a domestic end source product if the purchase is $ 25,000.00 and above.[N. Am. Salt Co. v. Ohio DOT, 122 Ohio App. 3d 213, 216 (Ohio Ct. App., Franklin County 1997)]