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What Does Made In The USA Mean When it Comes to Plantation Shutters in Cleveland?

May 29, 2020

When you’re shopping for home improvement products in Cleveland, such as window treatments, furniture, or shelving, you may often see the label “Made In The USA” thrown around as a notable feature. Though “Made In The USA” may seem like a basic term, there are many requirements necessary for meeting compliance to be characterized as such.

The Federal Trade Commission dictates that the term “Made in America” should only be placed on merchandise that are manufactured inside the United States borders from "all or virtually all" US-based materials. The designation works for grocery products, apparel, cars, and virtually all other merchandise that are sold both in the store and online, which includes “Made in the USA'' plantation shutters -- like our popular Polywood® plantation shutters.

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How Cheap Plantation Shutters Are Manufactured

A popular way plantation shutter companies reduce their spending is to have some of their materials assembled overseas and/or the entire shutter itself built offshore. Non-USA built shutters are not always quickly identified because not all companies list their country of origin.

Many plantation shutter companies claim they are “Made in the USA”, but the fact is, they only assemble in the USA—and this does not meet the Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in the USA” guidelines. This can be difficult to decipher since many companies do not provide where they source their goods. Just remember, if a manufacturer sources their supplies from outside of the US and assemble them in the United States, they should not be utilizing the “Made in the USA” term anywhere.

Benefits Of Purchasing Merchandise Manufactured In The USA

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The sole perk of buying “Made In The USA” items is that you protect American trade. But there are other concrete benefits, too. Custom-made products in Cleveland that are “Made in the USA” are known for having quicker delivery times, exceptional overall quality, and an outstanding degree of customization. For example, when you purchase a Polywood® plantation shutter from Sunburst, it will be custom-built to match your specific window measurements in about 3 - 5 weeks compared 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 Cleveland is proud to point out that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% manufactured in the USA. To begin, our shutter materials are made from a reclaimed solid wood composite which is extruded in Virginia. Then, they are produced to your window’s measurement at our factory in Wisconsin. The Sunburst facility uses state-of-the-art equipment to expertly custom-make your window treatments while having one of the fastest turn-around times in the market!

The last phase, the building of frames, is completed inside the warehouse at our Cleveland retail location. There are no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work done outside of the USA. We understand that our commitment to American manufacturing shows in the quality of the product -- and something you cannot receive with other shutter producers! We’ll even give you a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to guarantee longevity.

Polywood has been engineered to be a highly enduring faux wood composite. Our plantation shutters resist spliting, chips, and warping. They are easy to care for and will last a lifetime. To guarantee the American craftsmanship of Sunburst shutters, we offer a life long warranty on the product, the finish, and the installation.

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

If you need to find out more about our "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or any of the other American made products, schedule an in-home or virtual design consultation. You can see what our faux-wood shutters in Cleveland can provide and we’ll measure your windows for a custom-fit. Simply call 440-561-6787 or fill out the form below.