“Manufactured in the USA” vs. “Made in the USA”

Understand why these two statements are different

A lot of church chair manufacturers will tell you their chairs are made in the USA. Unfortunately, this phrase can be misleading to customers. Although “made in the USA” means the final product is constructed in the United States, parts of the chair, such as the frame, are likely manufactured overseas.

Even more misleading is the statement: “our chairs are made in America.” With several well-known church chair brands, this actually means their chairs are made in Mexico. Obviously, this does not provide jobs for American workers.

Manufactured in the USA

Bertolini chairs are manufactured in the USA. That means our chairs are built from the ground up in the United States of America. Bertolini church chairs are manufactured in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

In the case of Bertolini chairs, not only are the chairs manufactured in the USA, we also only use materials that are made exclusively by USA-based suppliers. We feel privileged to work with some of the finest suppliers so we can guarantee the best materials go into every chair. This allows us to keep our quality standards high and to help keep Americans working.

Why it Matters

Quality Control

When a manufacturer builds every part of the chair, the company can do more quality assurance testing. That’s why chairs manufactured in the USA often have a strong warranty.

Lead Times

Church chairs manufactured in the USA have an average lead time of 8 weeks. Chairs manufactured overseas often have an average lead time of 12 to 16 weeks. That lead time can get even longer depending on the time of year and international challenges, such as the coronavirus and Chinese New Year.


Chairs manufactured overseas might be less expensive than chairs manufactured in the USA. However, international politics can be a factor. For example, tariffs may cause a price increase at any time, causing prices to fluctuate.

American Pride

When you buy from a company that manufactures in the USA, you are supporting American workers, feeding American families, and contributing to the American economy.

Disclaimer: Bertolini does offer a few, less expensive, quick-ship chairs with frames that are manufactured overseas and the final chair construction is completed in Tennessee.