Andersen Recalls 180 Workers
About 180 workers are returning to work at Andesen Windows' plants in Bayport and Cottage Grove, Minn. The move comes in response to rising demand, which the company attributes to the Federal tax credit for energy efficient windows, its own "stimulus" marketing efforts, and the usual upturn in business that comes with warmer spring weather.
"It's hard to judge if there's one primary driver," says Maureen McDonough, an Andersen spokeswoman, but the company sees combination of those factors is pushing business on an "upward track."
McDonough declined to comment whether or not the window and door manufacturer thinks the market has "bottomed out," but she said, "There are definitely a few things happening that are brightening spirits around here." Pointing to several pieces of economic good news and anecdotes from the field, she noted that the company sees a number of positive signs, "but no one's ready to string them all together and conclude the worst is over."
Andersen typically brings back more workers over the spring and summer months, she noted. Whether it will be able to bring back more this year, she said it was too soon to predict, but "we certainly hope so."