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Back to School Lap Desk Giveaway!

Lap Desk GiveawayWin a FREE Lap Desk by sharing, what’s your favorite childhood school memory? It will automatically enter you to the raffle drawing the end of the month.

A favorite teacher? Favorite sport? A memory from winning a state championship game, or getting into the school of your choice? In the month of August we’re still enjoying summer, but the school year is quickly upon us too. In the spirit of the season, along with our Back to School Sale, Manchester Wood is making this month’s giveaway a FREE Lap Desk with entry by way of commenting on this blog, emailing us (service[at]manchesterwood.com), writing on our Facebook page, or mentioning us on Twitter (@manchesterwood) with answering the question, “what’s your favorite childhood school memory?”

You’ll be automatically entered into to the drawing for the Lap Desk, with the winner announced and contacted on September 1st.

The Lap Desk is ideal for working while sitting in a chair, on the couch, or upright in bed. It blends mobility, comfort, and style with productivity in one compact package. It is also part of our Gifts for U.S. Jobs Collection, which aims to stimulate the domestic economy and boost job creation.

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Made in the USA: Are You Sure?

Made in the USAA Yuma Arizona journalist uncovers a “Made in the USA” seal of approval to be misguided. What’s really ‘Made in the USA’? Well one thing is for sure, don’t always trust the sticker.

Lesley Fair of YumaNewsNow.com in their recent article Keep your Made in USA claims red, white, and trueuncovers claims that a Made in the USA-origin seal for businesses may not be credible. At Manchester Wood, we’ve always been weary of companies that supposedly “boost credibility” by giving them money in return for a logo and some marketing materials to help consumers recognize that our product is Made in the USA.

Fair found that an “Ohio-based Made in the USA Brand [who] markets a U.S.-origin seal for businesses to use to boost the credibility of their ‘Made in USA’ claims. According to one promotional brochure, ‘When printed on labels by accredited manufacturers, consumers are able to identify at a glance which products are made in the USA.’  …The company’s website included one licensee’s explanation that the certification mark was important ‘because it stands for buying American products produced by American workers.'” BUT… “the part where [the] Made in the USA Brand conducted a careful evaluation to make sure products bearing its mark really are of U.S origin [had been skipped]. A “complaint alleges that all a company had to do display the seal was self-certify that it was in compliance with the guidance set forth in the FTC’s Enforcement Policy Statement for U.S. Origin Claims. What about objective evaluations or audits to confirm ongoing compliance? There weren’t any. And you won’t be hearing about companies that were denied the certification mark because according to the FTC, Made in the USA Brand handed over its seal to any business whose check cleared.

Over the past year, we’ve been putting on our own materials that we’re “100% Made in USA.” It’s actually a tricky thing to state for most “American made” companies. With a global economy it’s hard to find anything truly made from the ground up in America. It may be assembled here, or packaged here, but materials and sub-assemblies could be done overseas… so could that really make it Made in the USA still? It’s been a hot debate, but one thing is for sure, Manchester Wood is, and always has been 100% made in America.

What’s your thoughts? How do you know something is made in America?

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Solid Wood Desks 10% Off: Back to School Sale

Solid Wood Desks: Back to School SaleDiscover the quality of our American made solid wood desks at 10% off during our Back to School Sale.

Although this sale probably doesn’t pertain so much to first year college students, or those boarding for high school studies where most furniture is supplied in dorm living; this blog focuses more on the student returning this school season with a more definitive approach on his or her future.

We can’t think of better items for study and work than our American made solid wood desk furniture. Providing your child, grandchild, or yourself with a product that will not only last beyond the school years, but also instill a powerful conscious decision that will help our next generation understand, touch, and feel apart of the movement and difference in buying ‘Made in the USA’ products.

The more we pump money into a system far away where we can’t see enough to feel bad about it, with it’s poor working conditions and environmental regulations, the more we need to start to look around at our domestic state.

Let us start our young budding professionals on the right path. Don’t buy cheap furniture for them from China or Vietnam, buy them something their kids will not only be able to use but feel honored about. A piece of furniture that has meaning. It won’t be something you’ll throw away in a few years to a landfill already past its limit. It’ll be something you’ll have a story about.

Consider Manchester Wood as your leading provider in this, as furniture makers in the USA. To view our Back to School Sale with 10% off all our solid wood desks collection, click here.

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