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

May 29, 2020

While you’re shopping for home improvement materials in New York, like window treatments, cabinets, or shelving, you will often see the term “Made In The USA” tossed around as a selling point. Even though it may seem like a basic term, there are many requirements necessary for meeting compliance to be labeled as such.

The Federal Trade Commission dictates that the designation “Made in America” should only be labeled on products that are produced within the United States borders from "all or virtually all" US-based materials. The label applies to things we eat, merchandise, cars, and virtually all other items that are purchased both in the store and online, and includes “Made in the USA'' plantation shutters -- such as our popular Polywood® plantation shutters.

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How Low-Cost Plantation Shutters Are Produced

One of the ways plantation shutter companies reduce their expenses is to have some of their components made in another country and/or the whole shutter itself manufactured outside of the US. Non-USA manufactured shutters are not always quickly identified because not all corporations list their country of origin.

A lot of plantation shutter companies say they are “Made in the USA”, but actually, they only assemble in the USA—and this does not meet the Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in the USA” protocols. This can be difficult to decipher since many companies do not provide where they source their materials. Just remember, when a manufacturer buys their parts from another country and puts them together in the USA, they should not be using the “Made in the USA” label anywhere.

Benefits Of Purchasing Items Made In The United States

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The sole benefit of buying “Made In The USA” merchandise is that you protect American industries. But there are additional tangible benefits, too. Custom-built merchandise in New York which are “Made in the USA” are known for having faster delivery times, exceptional overall quality, and an outstanding degree of customization. For example, when you order a Polywood® plantation shutter with Sunburst, it will be custom-made to fit your exact window measurements in about 3 - 5 weeks compared to 8 - 12+ weeks for shutters built overseas!

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Sunburst Plantation Shutters Are Genuinely Made In The USA Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters New York is pleased to point out that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% manufactured in the USA. To begin, our shutter materials are made using a reclaimed solid wood composite that is extruded in Virginia. Then, they are made to your window’s measurement at our factory in Wisconsin. The Sunburst operation uses state-of-the-art equipment to professionally custom-craft your shutters with one of the fastest turn-around times in the market!

The last phase, the building of frames, is finished inside the warehouse at our New York retail location. There are no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work done in another country. We know that our pledge to American production shows in the quality of our product -- and something you can’t find with other shutter companies! We’ll even provide a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to guarantee longevity.

Polywood was developed to be a highly durable faux wood material. Sunburst plantation shutters resist cracks, chips, and discoloration. They are simple to maintain and will last a lifetime. To back up the American craftsmanship of our shutters, we offer a life long warranty on the shutters, the finish, and the installation.

Find Out More About Our 100% Made In The USA Plantation Shutters

If you want to find out more about Sunburst’s "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or any of our other American made items, arrange an in-home or virtual design consultation. You can see the benefits our faux-wood shutters in New York can provide and we’ll measure the windows for a custom-fit. Simply call 631-246-3930 or complete the form below.