Seaway Celebrates 50th Anniversary

June 1, 2009

Seaway Manufacturing Corp. celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday, May 29, welcoming local and state officials to its plant in Erie, Pa.

“We are here today because of the skills, dedication, and strong work ethic of our workforce," said Jana Goodrich, Seaway vice president, in welcoming the more than 100 people gathered for the event. "We could not be here today without the partnerships we have been blessed with. We are proud of the products we manufacture under the watchful eyes of so many who pay such close and conscientious attention to detail, and we are especially thankful to all who have supported those efforts in so many ways. We celebrate all the people who have made 50 years of Seaway Manufacturing possible, and look forward to 50 more."

Among the guests who spoke, Ralph Pontillo, president of the Manufacturer and Business Association, focused on Seaway’s dedication to manufacturing energy efficient products made in Erie by local employees, and Seaway’s recent success in having a full line of energy tax credit compliant, NFRC certified windows to help homeowners save substantial money on taxes.

Attending on behalf of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, Howard Brush, director of the Governor’s Northwest office, presented an official proclamation of congratulations.

Seaway hosted more than 100 employees and invited guests for its 50th anniversary celebration.

Goodrich outlined Seaway's history during the event, from its start as a manufacturer of storm windows and doors, its entry into the replacement window business in the 1970s and the steady development and expansion of its sunroom line. 

In addition to its continued product development, Goodrich also pointed to a partnership Seaway formed in 2004 with one of local dealers, Niagara Siding & Windows, to form Seaway Window. "This retail venture has allowed us to gain an unprecedented reputation and market share in Erie County, as well as a greatly enhanced understanding of what our traditional dealers face every day, and how we can better support all of our customers," she noted.

"Seaway has sailed through 50 years of progress and change. Over the years, we have trimmed our sails to deal successfully with many challenges and changing tides. We have navigated both heavy seas and still waters, but have continued to progress with a strong purpose, pushed forward by the support and dedication of all our associates. And that is the best partnership of all,” she concluded.