Designed and Built in the USA
American manufacturing is the single most multiplying activity in our economy in terms of building America’s power to innovate and grow GDP. It matters to every one of our employees and adds meaning and worth to the job we do. When we send a product out to our customers, it is truly OURS and that is intensely satisfying.
There are many legal and regulatory standards for determining the country of origin of a product. What does NK mean when we say "Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters are designed and built in the USA?"
NK employees all work together in our single-location factory in southeastern Pennsylvania to research, design, build, test, calibrate, market, ship and support NK's products, including Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters.
We purchase many of our components from US partners, including:
- All of our injection molded parts
- All of our product labeling, nameplates, panels, packaging and printing
- Berry-compliant options for cases and sewn accessories
- Precision machined metal parts
When we do partner with outside resources for software or industrial and mechanical design, we generally work with US companies, although we enjoy some long-standing relationships with global engineering partners which are particularly helpful when complying with export regulations.
We actively support US manufacturing through Lean continuous improvement of our processes, as well as sharing of best practices with other companies seeking to do the same.
Of course, the majority of the electronic components contained in a Kestrel meter originate from overseas in Europe (precision sensors) or Asia (displays, circuit boards and micro components), where virtually all of such components are now fabricated. We select these components for optimum performance and reliability, not country of origin.
Every Kestrel meter qualifies for preferential treatment under the NAFTA under both the change in tariff classification and regional value-content requirements of Preference Criterion B. Every Kestrel meter also meets the requirements of the Buy American Act because more than 50% of the cost of its components is produced or manufactured in the United States.