Energy Secretary Chu Touts Tax Credits During Visit to Seaway

March 26, 2010

Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu and Congresswoman Kathleen Dahlkemper visited Seaway Manufacturing Corp. today to meet with the owners and employees, tour the plant and promote energy efficiency tax credits for windows and doors.

Secretary Chu inspects a new window while touring Seaway's plant in Erie, Pa.

“Investing in energy efficiency is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways reduce the energy bills in your home,” said Chu, while visiting the Erie, Pa.-based window manufacturer. “We want to make sure that families that made those investments are taking advantage of the Recovery Act tax credits, which can put up to $1,500 into their pockets.”

“Thanks to the Recovery Act, homeowners can save as much as $1,500 in tax credits for energy improvements—a major savings for families. With quality, energy efficient products made right here in Erie, homeowners in our region can save money and support local businesses at the same time,” said Rep. Dahlkemper. “Western Pennsylvania boasts an innovative and hardworking manufacturing base; our region is poised to be a leader in new energy technologies.”

"We truly appreciate your interest in our company and our products, and the current administration’s efforts to promote energy efficient products through tax incentives and rebates," said Jana Goodrich, Seaway president. "It's good for the industry, good for the country, and the tax incentives and rebates help us to provide more jobs and to ensure job security for our employees and their families.”

Chu and Dahlkemper met with Jana Goodrich; Michael Goodrich, CEO; several key management personnel, and Seaway’s retail division's managing partners. The DOE Secretary and Congresswoman chose to visit Seaway because of its reputation for building high quality, energy efficient windows and doors that comply with the energy tax credit, company officials report. They were very interested in Seaway as a family-owned and family-oriented business for more than 50 years, and discussed how Seaway competed successfully against the much larger and more nationally-visible window manufacturers. Seaway representatives cited the strong marketing support and education they provide to their customers, and their pride in the products they manufacture, paying conscientious attention to detail in order to ensure superior craftsmanship, unsurpassed customer service, and cutting-edge, energy efficient products as the keys to their success.