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.
Solids: Maple, Poplar, Cherry, Walnut
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.
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.
El Greco product has ever been recalled.
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.
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.
is adjustable to 3 heights.
Extremely easy to assemble – instructions and
Changing tray or table includes foam pad and
nylon safety strap.
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
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.