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ETX contractors building American made home


Two Tyler builders believe they have the blueprints to create more jobs not just here in East Texas, but across America. 

They are building their first all American made home in a Bullard neighborhood. They say there is a price to be paid to building American. 

"Everything from the ground up to the shingles is going to be manufactured and assembled in America," said Gary Bayless with Bayless Custom Homes.

In the hands of builders Gary Bayless and Joe Runnels are the blueprints to what will be their first all American built home. They say they're also holding the formula for growth, opportunity.

"We need to create jobs and the way to create jobs is to buy made in America built homes," said Joe Runnels with Bayless Custom Homes.   

It costs about three to seven percent more to build an American made home. The challenge Bayless and Runnels is running into is tracking down the items in a timely manner.  

"Because some of this stuff is made when you order it through American companies instead of shelf ready," said Runnels. 

But they say doing this will create more jobs, reviving America.

"I'm hoping this will spur activity and challenge other builders to do the same," said Bayless.  

"A lot of the feedback we're getting from these people you know is if you guys will get other people to do this, we can put on second shifts, we can do a lot of stuff. So, we're already seeing the excitement in vendors wanting to sell stuff," said Runnels. 

Sounds of construction, progress these builders hope will resonate across America.

 The builders say the home should be completed by the end of May. They say they're going to put the American flag in the front yard after the home is finished.

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