National Vinyl Pitches In on Extreme Home Makeover
National Vinyl LLC recently teamed up with ABC's reality TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to supply windows for the home of a mother who has led a campaign against bullying in Massachusetts. Ty Pennington and his team of designers surprised Sirdeaner Walker and her family in September to announce that they had been chosen as the recipient of a new home.
|National's employees display some of the windows to be featured in the new home.|
Sirdeaner’s son Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover took his own life on April 6, 2009, in their home after alleged relentless bullying by classmates. The family have been unable to go to the third floor of their home in Springfield, Mass., since that date.
“We are extremely proud to be involved in this project," states Scott Channell, general manager at the Chicopee, Mass.-based manufacturer. “As a family-run business based in Western Massachusetts, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our family, employees and community. As a parent, my heart goes out to Ms. Walker. Since her son’s death she has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the issue of bullying and her voice was instrumental is securing the passage of anti-bully legislation in Massachusetts. The ability to assist a deserving member of our community is an honor and our employees as well as our vendors are excited to be contributing to this great cause.”
The Home Builders Association of Western Massachusetts sent out requests for participation to all its members in early August, Channel states. “Upon receiving the request, we immediately knew this was something we wanted to be involved in as it supports our company’s philosophy that we all can make a difference.”
|Scott Channell of National Vinyl, left, with Nick Riley of Nick Riley Construction, general contractor for the Walker home.|
“All members of our National family have offered their assistance. Our vendors–Chelsea Building Products, Edgetech, AGC Glass, Guardian, Timber Trading and OSI Sealants–all have donated material," Channell reports. "Our employees have committed to working on a very tight schedule to produce the windows on time and one of our customers, Randy Roberts-Window Works, has offered his time and experience to install the windows.”
National Vinyl is contributing 30 Energy Star qualified windows for the project. "Not only will these windows be beautiful they will save the Walker family money in home energy costs for years to come,” states Channell.