Senator Tours Jeld-Wen Plant

February 24, 2010

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) toured Jeld-Wen Inc.'s window manufacturing plant in Yakima, Wash., last week, where she hosted a press conference highlighting her efforts to support manufacturing and clean energy development.  Cantwell has worked to create tax breaks for consumers purchasing energy efficient products, according to the senator's Web site.

“With the right tax credit and the combined efforts of the public and private sectors, we can create jobs and grow our economy,” Cantwell said at the conference. “Estimates show that if 10 percent of windows in American homes are switched from single pane to energy-efficient double pane windows, we create 13,500 new jobs. This is the growth our economy needs now.”

“The window tax credit that Senator Cantwell championed has been an enormous help for us,” noted Ron Saxton, Jeld-Wen executive vice president at the event. “Access to capital is crucial for the construction industry using our products. I appreciate Senator Cantwell’s leadership in these efforts.”

Cantwell seeks to restore access to credit at the local level and supports federal tax credits to homeowners who choose to replace inefficient windows with energy-efficient models such as those manufactured at Jeld-Wen’s Yakima plant. Cantwell is hoping to get the tax credit extended in the current jobs bill.