Made In America

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was implemented to preserve
and create jobs and to promote economic recovery. Buy American is section 1605 of this Act.
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LEED Certification

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LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

The certification process for a building involves a lot of paperwork for the contractor and architect. Certification of a building is achieved by accumulating points. Backup from suppliers is required on qualifying items to substantiate their claim for the credits for the certification level they desire for the building.

There are a number of features that affect the materials rating. The ones that most affect the hollow metal door and frame industry are:

Material and Resources:

  • Amount of recycled content.
    • This recycled content can be either post-consumer or post-industrial. Most programs are looking for greater than 30% recycled content.
    • Steel is the most common recycled material in the United States. Hollow Metal doors and frames are a great fit to the green building movement. The purpose of recycling is to divert scrap from our landfills back to a usable product. Recycling helps ease the demand for harvesting and mining of raw materials. Recycling is one of the most environmentally friendly practices we can incorporate.
  • Ability to be recycled (recyclability of end product)
  • Distance of raw materials from manufacturing location.
  • Distance of manufacturer to end user.
    • The Local/Regional Materials credit is for building materials that are manufactured (final assembly point) within 500 miles of the project. This supports the regional economy and reduces the environmental impact resulting from transportation.

Indoor Environmental Quality:

  • Low VOC Emitting Materials.

Recycled Content


The steel that Karpen uses for door face sheets and frames comes from “mini-mills”. This type of mill obtains their raw product from scrap, which is melted down and made into reusable steel. The typical mini-mill uses 80% scrap steel.

Information is not available, on the recycled content of the steel used in our reinforcements – however quite a few of our reinforcements are made in house and therefore have the same recycled content as the steel for the doors and frames.


The corrugated that is used for protecting the door faces during shipment is made from about 33% recycled material.

Wood for Crating

The wood that is used in the crates is a low end #2 grade lumber. Wood is the only renewable resource.

Recyclability of End Product


Steel is 100% recyclable into other steel.


Corrugated is 100% recyclable into other paper products.

Wood for Crating

Wood is 100% recyclable into wood chips, or can be made into other crates by the end user.

Distance to Raw Materials


Our steel comes from the Nucor Mill in South Carolina. It is less than 500 miles from our facility.


Processed in a plant in TN, which is less than 500 miles from our facility. The sheet goods for processing are manufactured in either GA, or SC, both states are also in our 500 mile radius.

Wood for Crating

Wood comes from throughout the United States, so nothing we can claim here.

Distance to End User

Some key cities in the 500 mile radius of Karpen Steel’s plant in Western North Carolina are:

  • North East:
    • Baltimore
    • Washington
    • Richmond
    • (But not New York City)
  • North:
    • Chicago
    • Detroit
    • Cleveland
  • West:
    • St. Louis
    • Nashville
    • Memphis
  • South:
    • Jackson, MI
    • Mobile
    • Jacksonville
    • (But not Tampa)

Indoor Environmental Quality

As far as we know, there is no latent VOC emissions that exist in the product line at time of installation.