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Yes, most of the SPEEDWRAP® Product line is fabricated using MADE IN USA Textiles. These fasteners are fabricated in our Racine, Wisconsin location. We offer one of the largest lines of Berry Compliant Hook & Loop Cable Ties, Strap, Cut-to-length Tapes or Custom Fasteners.

What Is Berry Compliant?

The Berry Amendment (USC, Title 10, Section 2533a), requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured, or home-grown products, most notably food, clothing, fabrics, and specialty metals. Congress originally passed domestic source restrictions as part of the 1941 Fifth Supplemental DOD Appropriations Act in order to protect the domestic industrial base in the time of war.[1]

History Of The Berry Amendment:

The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) was amended to include exceptions for the acquisition of food, specialty metals, and hand or measuring tools when needed to support contingency operations or when the use of other-than-competitive procedures is based on an unusual and compelling urgency.

Congress has since revised the Berry Amendment in the Fiscal Year 2007 and Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Acts. The revised statute[2] now includes exemptions for certain Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) items, a de minimis exception for small amounts of non-domestic metal (excluding high-performance magnets), a market basket approach to measuring the amount of domestic metal content in articles delivered to DOD, and a national security waiver to prevent the delay in delivery of critically needed systems to troops in combat. Additionally, the blanket exemption for fasteners was removed by Congress, now requiring that at least 50% of commercial fastener specialty metal content be domestic. Finally, Congress required that all waivers or Domestic Non-Availability Determinations (DNADs) be reviewed and revised to comply with the amended law [2].

The original[3] 10 U.S.C. 2533a now excludes specialty metals and applies generally to textile materials.[1]

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1), passed by both houses of Congress on February 13, 2009, included legislation offered by Congressman Larry Kissell (D-NC) mandating that any textile and apparel products contracted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) be manufactured in the United States with 100 percent U.S. inputs. The “Kissell Amendment” was modeled on and picks up, with little or no modification, many of the specific provisions of the Berry Amendment.

What is a Berry Compliant Fastener?

The Berry Amendment deals with giving preference in procurement to domestically produced foodclothingfabrics, and specialty metals.

Because many fasteners are made using metal and because Hook & Loop Fasteners are made with textiles, Manufacturers and Distributors using or supplying these type of fasteners in support of the Department of Defense require Berry Compliant Fasteners.

Are most Hook & Loop Fasteners Compliant?

No, most hook and loop fasteners are not compliant!  Because many of our competitors use non-domestic sourced raw materials, most of their Hook & Loop is not compliant.

Most of the SPEEDWRAP® Product line is fabricated using MADE IN USA Textiles. and fabricated in our Racine, Wisconsin location- we offer one of the largest lines of Berry Compliant Hook & Loop Cable Ties, Strap, Cut-to-length Tapes or Custom Fasteners.

How to locate our offering Berry Compliant Fasteners?

Because many of the SPEEDWRAP® Brand Hook & Loop Fasteners are made using domestic textiles and are fabricated in The USA at Speedtech International’s Factory- they are Berry Compliant.

We make locating and confirming Berry Compliant Fasteners easy! 

On Speedtech’s Website we mark each compliant product family with this icon.

berry compliant velcro

We also make note of compliance in the ‘specifications’ tab of those applicable products.

You may also search for all compliant products by entering ‘Berry Compliant’ in the search bar on our website.

On TheStrapStore Website, we offer a filtering option (see left side menu of all product pages).  Choose ‘Berry Complaint’ an all applicable products will appear.  It’s just that easy.

Do we offer any certification for your records?

There is no formal certificate that we send customers. Instead, they simply take a screen shot of our applicable web page, that displays the product and the compliant icon. 

Let us help you with Product Advice or Pricing for your Government or Department Of Defense project.  Contact Us.