Jeld-Wen Exec to Participate in White House Job Summit

December 2, 2009

Ron Saxton, executive vice president of Jeld-Wen Inc., has been invited to attend President Obama's "Jobs Summit" at the White House tomorrow. The summit will involve about 130 people from around the country, primarily business and labor leaders. The forum's objective is to discuss ways to bolster American jobs.

"I am looking forward to discussing policies and strategies that will increase prospects for private sector jobs," states Saxton. "I'm proud of how Jeld-Wen has responded to opportunities like the replacement window Federal tax credit and we are confident that there is more that can be done. As a member of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, I hope to provide our industry with a voice on the issue of jobs."

Sexton notes that there are more than 1 billion single pane windows in  U.S. homes that unnecessarily increase homeowners' and renters' utility bills every month. "Incentives to upgrade to energy-saving models could result in putting Americans back to work in engineering, manufacturing, distribution and installation while reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by inefficient residential structures," he continues.

"As an industry, we must demonstrate a strong interest and be proactive in how policies in Washington are crafted," Sexton states. "Most window and door manufacturers' components are sourced from within the U.S. – whether it's glass, wood parts or vinyl extrusions – and the installation, of course, is handled by localized skilled labor. So the window and door industry generates an enormous multiplication effect when there is healthy demand for our products."