“American Made” and “Solid Wood”: What Do They Mean?

All of the solid wood furniture that Manchester Wood produces is made entirely in the USA.
When describing our furniture, there are two terms that we are particularly fond of: “American Made” and “Solid Wood”. These phrases don’t just sound good; they actually have specific definitions that we adhere to rigorously when making our furniture. What does it really mean to produce solid wood furniture that is made in the USA?

Because of the enduring stellar reputation surrounding American craftsmanship, the phrases “American Made” and “Made in the USA” have come to symbolize that a product exhibits quality workmanship and materials. Unfortunately, some disingenuous businesses try to mislead their customers about the origins of their products. Accordingly, the Federal Trade Commission issues guidelines as to which products can be called American Made and which cannot. If a company flaunts these rules, the FTC has the authority to prosecute. Consumers should be careful to differentiate between the labels “Made in the USA” and “Assembled in the USA”, which is a lesser distinction that means that the components of the product in question are from foreign countries and they were merely put together in this one.

When we say our furniture is solid wood, we mean that it is made out of plain lumber, not plywood or particle board. These types of processed building materials are known as engineered wood. Solid wood is the much more durable of the two, to say nothing of its aesthetic superiority. These advantages make solid wood the clear choice for quality furniture.

Although it may be cheaper to produce furniture overseas using engineered wood, we know that no such product can hope to compete with our American made solid wood furniture. We endeavor to make the best product possible, and this means using the best materials and the best workers we can find, both of which are right here in America, as our satisfied customers can attest to. We hope everyone will continue to buy American, thereby supporting our domestic economy and American manufacturing.

2012 High Point Furniture Market October 13 to 18

We’re excited to be attending the High Point Furniture Market in High Point, NC again this year. Preparations are well under way as we get the solid wood furniture that we will be showcasing ready for the trip down to North Carolina. This year we will be located at the M329A Pavilion in the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) Building. Check out our complete exhibitor listing.

Founded in 1909, High Point Market has grown into the world’s largest furnishings industry trade show. Covering 11.5 million square feet of show space in 180 buildings, the show attracts over 75,000 attendees and 2000 exhibitors to each market. With over 100 countries represented, serious retail home furnishings buyers make sure to attend because if you can’t find it at High Point, it probably doesn’t exist.

If you are in the area and looking for something to do or are already attending, please stop by and say “Hi.” Connecting with customers, both new and old is one of the high points (pun intended) of the market for us. For further info, please check out the below press release:

Press Release:  Manchester Wood To Showcase ew American Made Solid Wood Furniture Colors At High Point Market

Featured on ABC News with Diane Sawyer in 2011 for our ongoing dedication to manufacturing in America, Manchester Wood has been designing popular solid wood furniture pieces for a number of leading home furnishing companies, including L.L. Bean, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Plow and Hearth, and Lands’ End for over 35 years at our plant in Granville, New York.