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OUR COMPANY

El Greco is a family business in Jamestown, NY.  There are currently two generations involved in running the business that was started by a Greek immigrant in 1975.  We are hands-on managers, overseeing all aspects of production and design in our factories. Our intimate knowledge of raw materials and attention to quality and detail has enabled us to establish a reputation for finely-crafted products that go from the box to the bedroom floor with ease.

 

100% Made in USA.  Crafted entirely in our factories -- from the rough lumber to the finished product.

 

MATERIALS

Solids:  Maple, Poplar, Cherry, Walnut

Panels: NAF MDF, Hardwood Plywood

The lumber we use is from the Appalachians.  We buy from members of the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc., which has verified data from the U.S. Forest Service that timber harvesting from the Appalachian Hardwood Territory is sustainable -- able to meet present needs without compromising those of future generations.  The MDF we use is Certified Green Product and is made in the USA by Plum Creek.  It is called Glacier Clear and it is compliant with CARB Phases 1 and 2.  This is NAF (no-added formaldehyde) MDF.  You can learn more about it on Plum Creek’s website.

 

FINISH

All of our coatings are non-toxic, no-lead, and phthalate free!  This is very important to us as parents.  (We do submit our coatings to 3rd party testing labs for certification.)  If a child chews on and ingests the paint, pediatricians and chemists tell us that it will not harm the child.  We use pre-catalyzed lacquer, which provides exceptional durability, toughness, chemical resistance, mar resistance and water resistance.  After it cures -- which takes 30 days in warm, moving air – it no longer off-gasses, as all the solvent has dissipated and the coating has become chemically inert.  While all paint can chip, our products have a very resilient finish that should hold up very well against normal use, and can be wiped clean with water or mild soap. 

We currently use a water-white product, which we have been using since late March 2009.  This product is a more light-stable and colorfast material than anything we have ever used prior.  It has a different resin and solvent system that give a more stable color over time.  While it will yellow very slightly over time, it will do so more slowly and should remain clear.

 

SAFETY

No El Greco product has ever been recalled.

Our baby furniture and our bunk beds conform with and exceed the latest CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) Requirements as well as the voluntary standards of ASTM ( American Society for Testing and Materials).

El Greco was recently rated A+ by Baby Bargains.

Third-party Independent Laboratory Tested – we use internationally accredited labs including Bureau Veritas and Intertek.

Cribs may be converted into toddler beds with the use of a toddler rail, sold separately.

Crib Mattress is adjustable to 3 heights.

Extremely easy to assemble – instructions and tools included.

Changing tray or table includes foam pad and nylon safety strap.

 

CONSTRUCTION

Cases - Corner blocks strengthen and reinforce the case interior.  Dowel joinery.  Hardwood cleats provide added strength.

 

Drawers - Metal side glides with silent nylon wheels.  Finished drawer boxes (made of Baltic birch plywood), with dovetail joints, and solid wood drawer faces.

 

Cribs – Mortise and tenon joints throughout.  Solid hardwoods provide extra strength at assembly points.  CNC-machined parts for accuracy.  Hand sanding and spraying result in smooth, thorough finish.

 

Beds - Dowel joints w/ CNC-machined parts for accuracy. Custom-designed hardware with NO exposed fasteners.  Solid wood slat roll for support – box spring optional.

 

Glue -- The glue we use is an aliphatic resin emulsion adhesive akin to white glue like Elmer's.  That means it evaporates very quickly and there is no presence of formaldehyde in its evaporation/emission as it dries.  In the MSDS it says "There are no ingredients which are hazardous to health or the environment."  There is no Benzene, Phthalates, nor Formaldehyde named on the MSDS. 

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