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

May 29, 2020

When you’re in the market for home improvement materials in Philadelphia, like window treatments, furniture, or decor, you may often notice the label “Made In The USA” thrown around as a selling point. Even though “Made In The USA” may seem like a standard term, there are several requirements necessary for meeting compliance to be defined as such.

The Federal Trade Commission dictates that the designation “Made in America” can only be labeled on products that are produced within the US borders using "all or virtually all" US-based materials. The term works for things we eat, merchandise, the things we drive, and virtually all other products 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 Low-Cost Plantation Shutters Are Produced

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

Many plantation shutter producers say they are “Made in the USA”, but actually, they only put the product together in the USA—which does not meet the Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in the USA” rules. This can be tricky to interpret since many producers do not indicate where they buy their goods. Just know, when a company buys their materials from another country and assemble them in the United States, they should not be utilizing the “Made in the USA” designation anywhere.

Benefits Of Buying Items Produced In The United States

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The sole perk of purchasing “Made In The USA” merchandise is that you encourage American commerce. But there are additional concrete benefits, too. Custom-made products in Philadelphia which are “Made in the USA” are known for having quicker delivery times, exceptional overall quality, and a greater degree of customization. For instance, when you order a Polywood® plantation shutter with Sunburst, you can get it custom-built to fit your distinct window measurements in about 3 - 5 weeks opposed to 8 - 12+ weeks for shutters built offshore!

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Sunburst Plantation Shutters Are Honestly Made In The USA Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia is proud to highlight that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% manufactured in the USA. First, our shutter materials are made using a recyclable solid wood composite which is extruded in Virginia. Then, the shutters are made to your window’s measurement in our factory in Wisconsin. The Sunburst operation utilizes state-of-the-art machinery to expertly custom-make your shutters with one of the fastest turn-around times in the industry!

The last phase, the building of frames, is completed inside the warehouse at our Philadelphia retail location. There are no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work performed in another country. We believe that our commitment to American production is seen in the quality of our product -- and something you may not find with other shutter manufacturers! We’ll even give you a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to back it up.

Polywood has been developed to be an extremely durable faux wood composite. Sunburst plantation shutters resist spliting, chips, and discoloration. They are easy to clean and will last decades. To back up the American craftsmanship of our shutters, we provide a true lifetime 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 know more about our "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or any of the other American made products, arrange an in-home or virtual design consultation. You can see the benefits our faux-wood shutters in Philadelphia can offer and we’ll measure your windows for a custom-fit. Simply call 215-874-4897 or complete the form below.