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

May 29, 2020

While you’re in the market for home improvement items in Austin, such as window treatments, furniture, or lighting, you will often notice the term “Made In The USA” tossed around as a notable feature. Although the label may seem like a basic term, there are several requirements necessary in order to meet compliance to be defined as such.

The Federal Trade Commission mandates that the label “Made in America” is to only be placed on items that are manufactured within the US borders from "all or virtually all" US-based materials. The designation works for grocery products, apparel, automobiles, and virtually all other products that are purchased both in the store or 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 Made

A popular way plantation shutter manufacturers reduce their spending is to have some of their components assembled in another country and/or the entire shutter itself assembled outside of the US. Non-USA made shutters are not always quickly recognized because not all companies list the country of origin.

Many plantation shutter companies claim they are “Made in the USA”, but actually, they only assemble in the USA—and this does not meet the FTC’s “Made in the USA” rules. This can be hard to decipher because many manufacturers do not indicate where they buy their goods. Just remember, if a manufacturer buys their materials from outside of the US and assemble them in the USA, they should not be using the “Made in the USA” designation anywhere.

Benefits Of Buying Products Manufactured In The United States

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The main benefit of purchasing “Made In The USA” merchandise is that you protect American businesses. But there are other concrete benefits, too. Custom-made products in Austin that are “Made in the USA” have shown quicker delivery times, better overall quality, and an outstanding amount of customization. For example, when you order a Polywood® plantation shutter from 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 Honestly Made In The USA Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters Austin is proud to highlight that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% made in the USA. To begin, they are sourced from a recyclable solid wood composite which is extruded in Virginia. Then, the shutters are manufactured to your window’s dimension in our factory in Wisconsin. Our facility uses state-of-the-art machinery to expertly custom-craft your shutters with one of the fastest turn-around times in the industry!

The last phase, the building of frames, is finished inside the warehouse at our Austin retail location. There are no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work performed overseas. We know that our pledge to American manufacturing is seen in the quality of the product -- and something you may not receive with other shutter producers! We’ll even give you a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to guarantee longevity.

Polywood is engineered to be a highly enduring faux wood composite. Sunburst plantation shutters resist cracks, chips, and discoloration. They are easy to maintain and will last a long time. To guarantee the American craftsmanship of our shutters, we provide 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 want to find out more about our "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or some of our other American made products, set up an in-home or virtual design consultation. You can see the benefits our faux-wood shutters in Austin can provide and we’ll measure your windows for a custom-fit. Just call 512-549-6077 or fill out the form below.