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Kentucky's first "Made in America" house

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's first ever "Made in America" home is being built in Louisville. 

The developer says it's not an easy undertaking but its challenge that has the potential to reap huge rewards for the economy in the USA.

"As soon as I saw that I said I've got to do one of these, says local building, Vince Kimbel.

From every nail to the foam insulation, every product in this Shakes Run subdivision home is made right here in the USA. The Louisville builder got the idea when he saw the first Made in America home in Montana.

"It's been a challenge since day one I mean it's really difficult with today's economy with all the pieces and parts coming from around the world we really had to do our research," he says.

More than 265 American made products have been used so far but the home is only half way complete.  By the time its finished the house will contain an estimated 700 to 1000.

"For example water heaters. I mean there's two different water heaters out there they're both the exact same price one's an American made company one's I think a British company so we're going to choose the company that's made here in America," he says.

Although its been a challenge, the payoff is the impact the effort has on the American economy.

"Even if 5% more American was put into every new home that was built we would add something like 200,000 jobs," says Kimbel.

The caveat is not all products built in the USA are the most inexpensive.

"It does cost a little bit more," explains Kimbel.

It could be one of the reasons only a handful of builders across the country are even attempting to build completely "Made in America" homes.  Kimbel wants to be on the cutting edge and hopes this house is just the first of many.

"This has really turned out to be a life lesson in learning how to look for that label and this is something that we can use not only in building a new home but in life," he says.

An open house tour will be held today, tomorrow and July 4th from 1 to 4.  The address is 1409 Kennesaw Way, Louisville, KY 40023.

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