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Looking to give your house a makeover this spring? Check out this Made in America option.

Perfect Fit Custom Shutters is a family-owned business in Gaithersburg, Maryland that manufactures high-quality American-made interior and exterior shutters. 

Plantation Interior Shutters. | Photo by Perfect Fit Custom Shutters

Founded in 1989 by John Gresh, the company supports job creation and job preservation in the United States by purchasing and crafting components for shutters from materials that are Made in America. All of the wood and non-wood components are milled, primed and prepped in the United States. In fact, everything except the hinges for the shutters is Made in the USA. 

"The wood we use for our interior shutters is harvested in the United States from a verified sustainable Hardwood Forest, and our high-quality Thermalite material — [the] highest quality synthetic giving the shutters a true wood look — is extruded in Virginia," said Karen Gresh, co-owner of Perfect Fit Custom Shutters.

Manufacturing Made in America products is a huge source of pride for the company, Karen Gresh said, adding:

"We do a gorgeous shutter, and I can’t imagine doing it any other way. I try to only buy American-made components, which in my opinion, is of higher quality than non-American components I’ve seen elsewhere. I don’t even know how we could do it if we were buying overseas. I don’t understand how people can stand to do that."

That American-made committment has helped Perfect Fit find success over the past years. John Gresh’s initial goal was to start manufacturing exterior shutters, which he accomplished eight years ago. Now he has an even larger goal in mind: to mill his own parts and components.

On the practical side, using American-made components makes customizing and fixing their products much easier. Delivery time is shorter and the quality is much better, a win-win scenario for the company and its loyal customer base in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The company offers small, medium and large wood plantation shutters — by far the most popular product — as well as specialty shutters, doors, sliders and sidelights. While interior shutter work accounts for over 80 percent of their work, Perfect Fit also does exterior shutters such as their Raised Panel, Louvered, Board & Batten, Combination Shutters, blinds and shades.

Learn more about the products offered by Perfect Fit Custom Shutters.