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What Does Made In The USA Mean For Plantation Shutters in Hartford?

May 29, 2020

When you’re in the market for home improvement products in Hartford, such as window treatments, furniture, or shelving, you may often notice the label “Made In The USA” tossed around as a notable feature. Even though the label may seem like a standard term, there are several requirements necessary for meeting compliance to be characterized as such.

The Federal Trade Commission mandates that the label “Made in America” should only be placed on merchandise that are manufactured inside the US borders from "all or virtually all" US-based materials. That term applies to things we eat, things we wear, cars, and virtually all other merchandise that are purchased both at the store and online, including “Made in the USA'' plantation shutters -- like our popular Polywood® plantation shutters.

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How Cheap Plantation Shutters Are Manufactured

One of the ways plantation shutter companies reduce their costs is to have some of their parts manufactured overseas and/or the whole shutter itself assembled outside of the US. Non-USA manufactured shutters are not always easily identified because not all corporations list the country of origin.

A lot of plantation shutter manufacturers say they are “Made in the USA”, but the fact is, they only assemble in the USA—which does not meet the FTC’s “Made in the USA” guidelines. This can be difficult to decipher because many companies do not specify where they get their materials. Just remember, if a company gets their materials from outside of the US and assemble them in the United States, they should not be utilizing the “Made in the USA” designation anywhere.

Benefits Of Buying Items Manufactured In The USA

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The sole perk of purchasing “Made In The USA” merchandise is that you support American businesses. But there are other tangible perks, too. Custom-built products in Hartford that are “Made in the USA” have shown quicker delivery times, superior overall quality, and a better amount of customization. For example, when you order a Polywood® plantation shutter from Sunburst, it will be custom-made to match your exact window measurements in about 3 - 5 weeks opposed to 8 - 12+ weeks for shutters manufactured overseas!

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Sunburst Plantation Shutters Are Truly Made In The USA Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters Connecticut is pleased to point out that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% manufactured in the USA. First, our shutter materials are sourced from a reclaimed solid wood composite that is extruded in Virginia. Then, they are manufactured to your window’s specification at our factory in Wisconsin. Our facility uses state-of-the-art equipment to professionally custom-make your window treatments with one of the fastest turn-around times in the industry!

The final process, the constructing of frames, is finished inside the warehouse at our Hartford retail location. There are no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work completed overseas. We understand that our pledge to American manufacturing shows in the quality of the product -- and something you will not receive with other shutter manufacturers! We’ll even give you a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to back it up.

Polywood is designed to be a highly enduring faux wood composite. Our plantation shutters resist spliting, chips, and warping. They are easy to maintain and will last a long time. To guarantee the American craftsmanship of our shutters, we offer a life long warranty on the shutters, the finish, and the installation.

Learn More About Sunburst’s 100% Made In The USA Plantation Shutters

If you need to know more about Sunburst’s "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or some of the other American made items, schedule an in-home or virtual design consultation. You can see the benefits our faux-wood shutters in Hartford can provide and we’ll measure your windows for a custom-fit. Just call 860-266-5459 or complete the form below.