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

May 29, 2020

While you’re shopping for home improvement products in Seattle, like window treatments, cabinets, or shelving, you may often see the term “Made In The USA” tossed around as a selling point. Although the label may seem like a standard 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 merchandise that are produced within the US borders using "all or virtually all" US-based materials. The label works for things we eat, merchandise, the things we drive, and virtually all other items that are sold both at the store and online, and 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 companies reduce their budgets is to have some of their materials assembled in another country and/or the whole shutter itself manufactured outside of the US. Non-USA built shutters are not always easily identified because not all corporations list their country of origin.

A lot of plantation shutter companies claim 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 tricky to interpret because many companies do not indicate where they get their goods. Just know, if a company gets their parts from outside of the US and assemble them in the United States, they should not be placing the “Made in the USA” label anywhere.

Benefits Of Buying Products Manufactured In The USA

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The main perk of purchasing “Made In The USA” merchandise is that you protect American businesses. But there are other concrete perks, too. Custom-built items in Seattle which are “Made in the USA” have shown faster delivery times, exceptional overall quality, and an outstanding amount of customization. For instance, when you purchase a Polywood® plantation shutter from Sunburst, it will be custom-made to fit your distinct window measurements in about 3 - 5 weeks compared to 8 - 12+ weeks for shutters assembled overseas!

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Sunburst Plantation Shutters Are Truly Made In The USA Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters Washington is honored to highlight that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% produced in the USA. To begin, our shutter materials are made using a reclaimed solid wood composite which is extruded in Virginia. Then, the shutters are manufactured to your window’s specification at our factory in Wisconsin. Our factory uses state-of-the-art equipment to expertly custom-make your shutters with one of the fastest turn-around times in the business!

The last process, the constructing of frames, is finished inside the warehouse at our Seattle retail location. Sunburst has no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work performed offshore. We understand that our pledge to American manufacturing shows in the quality of the product -- and something you may not receive 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 a highly stable faux wood material. Sunburst plantation shutters prevent spliting, chips, and warping. They are easy to clean and will last a long time. To guarantee the American craftsmanship of our shutters, we provide a life long warranty on the shutters, 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 Sunburst’s "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or some of our other American made items, arrange an in-home or virtual design consultation. You can see the benefits our faux-wood shutters in Seattle can offer and we’ll measure the windows for a custom-fit. Just call 360-464-2277 or fill out the form below.