Born in the USA: Why American-Made Makes a Difference

There’s something about the Made in America label that sparks pride. Perhaps it comes from knowing manufacturers uphold the highest standards and working conditions. Or maybe from the hard work and quality that goes into the products. Or maybe still from recognizing everything the U.S. represents -- freedom, sacrifice and ingenuity.

Whatever it is, Made in America means something, and consumers want more of it. According to a 2022 poll by SSRS research, 78% of Americans think purchasing American-made products is very important or somewhat important. Made in America is so fundamental to the U.S. manufacturing industry that the federal government started cracking down on origin claims.

In 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began enforcing longstanding U.S. label policies. Under the Made in the USA Labeling Rule, companies that can’t prove their products are “all or virtually all” made in the United States face steep fines and penalties.

Rohit Chopra, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and former FTC commissioner, said consumers want to see more items with the Made in the USA label and need assurances from mislabeling.

“The FTC's final Made in USA rule provides substantial benefits to the public by protecting businesses from losing sales to dishonest competitors and protecting families seeking to purchase American-made goods,” Chopra said in 2021. “The rule will definitely, in my mind, benefit small businesses that rely on the Made in USA label but who lack the resources to defend themselves from imitators.”

Custom Comfort Medtek, one company that wears U.S. labeling with pride, understands the importance of the American-made spirit. From the company’s earliest days, Custom Comfort Medtek was determined to make its mark on the specialty medical furniture market. Company leaders knew how – manufacture quality products that balance function and form with the American can-do attitude.

Custom Comfort Medtek’s extensive product line-up – including exam and treatment tables, phlebotomy chairs, medical recliners, supply carts and cabinets -- is constructed with hand-welded, powder-coated steel frameworks and customizable in more than 30 medical vinyl colors and 25 wood laminate shades.

Chad Dunbar, Custom Comfort Medtek’s vice president, said most of the furniture components and materials are domestically sourced – something not many medical furniture companies can say. He said much of product development, design, manufacturing and assembly is done in-house – a process that benefits the customers.

“One of the major benefits of buying from Custom Comfort Medtek as an American manufacturer is that we offer replacement parts for any product we’ve ever manufactured,” he said. “Additionally, we have knowledgeable and friendly customer service team members who pick up the phone when you call.”

Since Custom Comfort Medtek is based in Florida, customers can be assured they’ll get their furniture faster than ordering from an overseas company. In fact, some items are shipped as quickly as three to four business days.

Custom Comfort Medtek customers also don’t have to worry about other problems associated with doing business overseas – like long lead times, language barriers, U.S. import rules and regulations, payment problems, customs issues, shipping damages and poor sales support – since many of the materials and components are sourced domestically.

“Choosing American isn’t just the right choice for your business. It’s the right choice for the country,” Dunbar said. “We take the Made in America spirit very seriously and work to ensure our customers have a seamless experience from ordering through delivery.”

About Custom Comfort Medtek

Custom Comfort Medtek has been manufacturing specialty medical furniture and related products since 1987. Located in Central Florida, the company prides itself on designing products to meet a variety of clinical needs for customers worldwide. Visit the company’s website to request a digital catalog or contact the company directly at 800-749-0933.

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