In order for a shutter company to truly not involve any middleman the product must come from the source. To get a shutter made from the source expect shipping alone to be 30-45 days. When you see 2-4 week delivery expect that you're paying one if not multiple middlemen.
This may be the most frustrating claim competitors are making. A lot of people genuinely feel good about buying an American product, but there's a problem. It doesn't exist. As you will see in the two case studies below, this may be the most disingenuous part of this industry.
When you see claims such as this "we are the manufacturer", "wholesale pricing", or "factory direct". You're certainly about to pay a middleman. Many companies use the word "manufacturer" when they need to be using the word "assembler".
Point blank, there are no factories for you to tour locally. You may tour an assembly line with a few machines assembling shutter parts, but you will never find the product made from scratch like it is in our factory and other oversees factories. Why would you not want your shutter assembled in the exact building the parts are made instead of paying a middleman to do it with half or less of the tools and machines.
Unfortunately this is an industry full of half truths, conflicting statements, and downright lies. Everyones shutter comes from China one way or another, no matter what crazy story you're told.
As a company that sells wood at the same cost of PVC, there are both positive and negative reasons to buy wood shutters. A few companies out there don't offer both so they instead bad mouth the other product. Yes, wood shutters also come from China.