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

May 29, 2020

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

The FTC dictates that the designation “Made in America” is to only be used on items that are manufactured within the United States borders from "all or virtually all" US-based materials. The label applies to grocery products, merchandise, vehicles, and virtually all other items that are sold both in the store or online, and includes “Made in the USA'' plantation shutters -- such as our popular Polywood® plantation shutters.

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How Discount Plantation Shutters Are Produced

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

A lot of plantation shutter producers 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” protocols. This can be difficult to determine since many companies do not provide where they source their supplies. Just remember, if a producer buys 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 Purchasing Products Produced In The USA

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The main benefit of buying “Made In The USA” merchandise is that you protect American commerce. But there are other concrete perks, too. Custom-built products in Chicago which are “Made in the USA” are known for having faster delivery times, better overall quality, and a greater degree of customization. For example, when you purchase a Polywood® plantation shutter with Sunburst, it will be custom-built to match your distinct window measurements in about 3 - 5 weeks compared to 8 - 12+ weeks for shutters assembled outside of the US!

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Sunburst Plantation Shutters Are Truly Made In The USA Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters Chicago is honored to point out that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% made in the USA. To begin, our shutter materials are made from a reclaimed solid wood composite which is extruded in Virginia. Then, the shutters are produced to your window’s specification in our factory in Wisconsin. Our operation utilizes state-of-the-art machinery to professionally custom-craft your window treatments while having one of the fastest turn-around times in the business!

The last process, the building of frames, is finished inside the warehouse at our Chicago retail location. Sunburst has no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work completed outside of the USA. We understand that our commitment to American manufacturing shows in the quality of the product -- and something you can’t get with other shutter companies! We’ll even provide a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to confirm it.

Polywood has been developed to be an extremely stable faux wood composite. Sunburst plantation shutters resist cracks, chips, and warping. They are easy to clean and will last a lifetime. To back up the American craftsmanship of Sunburst 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 want to find out more about Sunburst’s "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or some of our other American made products, schedule an in-home or virtual design consultation. You can see the benefits our faux-wood shutters in Chicago can offer and we’ll measure the windows for a custom-fit. Simply call 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below.

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