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

May 29, 2020

While you’re shopping for home improvement products in Detroit, such as window treatments, furniture, or decor, you will often notice the term “Made In The USA” tossed around as a notable feature. Although “Made In The USA” may seem like a standard term, there are distinct requirements necessary for meeting compliance to be labeled as such.

The Federal Trade Commission dictates that the term “Made in America” should only be placed on items that are produced inside the United States borders from "all or virtually all" US-based materials. That label applies to food, clothing, automobiles, and virtually all other items that are sold both in the store and online, which includes “Made in the USA'' plantation shutters -- such as our popular Polywood® plantation shutters.

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How Low-Cost Plantation Shutters Are Made

A popular way plantation shutter producers reduce their expenses is to have some of their materials assembled in another country and/or the entire shutter itself built offshore. Non-USA built shutters are not always quickly recognized because not all manufacturers list their country of origin.

Many plantation shutter producers claim they are “Made in the USA”, but the fact is, they only assemble in the USA—and this does not meet the FTC’s “Made in the USA” guidelines. This can be tricky to decipher because many producers do not specify where they buy their supplies. Just remember, if a company sources their parts from outside of the US and puts them together in the USA, they should not be utilizing the “Made in the USA” label anywhere.

Benefits Of Buying Items Manufactured In The United States

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The sole benefit of purchasing “Made In The USA” products is that you encourage American industries. But there are other concrete benefits, too. Custom-made items in Detroit that are “Made in the USA” are known for having faster delivery times, better overall quality, and an outstanding amount of customization. For instance, when you order a Polywood® plantation shutter from Sunburst, it will be custom-made to fit your exact window measurements in about 3 - 5 weeks opposed to 8 - 12+ weeks for shutters manufactured outside of the US!

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Sunburst Plantation Shutters Are Truly Made In The USA Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters Detroit is proud to point out that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% produced in the USA. To begin, our shutter materials are made using a recyclable solid wood composite which is extruded in Virginia. Then, they are made to your window’s dimension at our factory in Wisconsin. Our facility uses state-of-the-art equipment to professionally custom-make your window treatments while having one of the quickest turn-around times in the business!

The last process, the constructing of frames, is completed inside the warehouse at our Detroit retail location. Sunburst has no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work completed offshore. We believe that our pledge to American production shows in the quality of the product -- and something you can’t receive with other shutter companies! We’ll even provide a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to guarantee longevity.

Polywood has been developed to be an extremely durable faux wood material. Our plantation shutters resist spliting, chips, and warping. They are easy to maintain and will last decades. To guarantee the American craftsmanship of our shutters, we offer a life long warranty on the product, the finish, and the installation.

Learn More About Our 100% Made In The USA Plantation Shutters

If you need to find out more about our "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or some of Sunburst’s other American made items, schedule an in-home or virtual design consultation. You can see what our faux-wood shutters in Detroit can offer and we’ll measure the windows for a custom-fit. Simply call 248-429-9294 or fill out the form below.