Delaware Senator Visits B.F. Rich

January 3, 2012

In December, B.F. Rich Co. hosted a plant tour and roundtable discussion with U.S. Senator Tom Carper.  Officials at the Delaware-based window and door manufacturer highlighted the company's R-5 window technology, recognizes as a top seller in the Department of Energy’s High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program.

 B.F. Rich's George Simmons, left, shows Sen. Carper, right, some of the features of the vinyl window manufacturer's products during a tour of its facility.

Darryl Huber, B.F. Rich division manager for architectural and commercial projects, emphasized the important role the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program plays in pursuit of DOE's "net zero energy mandate" for homes.  “R-5 window technology is an important intermediate step in our nation’s goal to achieve R-10 performance by the year 2020," Huber told the senator. "Increased demand for R-5 windows today will help drive the technology curve to attain the R-10 goal tomorrow.”

During the roundtable portion of the visit, Senator Carper participated in discussions on many topics including: window energy conservation, manufacturing jobs, the EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting, and the recently proposed Cut Energy Bills at Home Act.

“B.F. Rich is one example showing us that business can thrive and support energy efficiency initiatives at the same time,” Carper noted during the visit. “Through the manufacturing of innovative energy efficient windows, this company will help its customers decrease their energy usage and their bottom line. This is what I like to call a win-win for business and the environment.”

George Simmons, B.F. Rich president/CEO, noted that the senator was very interested and concerned about the challenges facing our industry and the immediate job situation. "The challenges we face are not just B.F. Rich challenges," Simmons stated. "They are national challenges that include our vendors as well as our competitors. We need Congress to work together to address these challenges in a bi-partisan manner."