Pennsylvania Governor Rendell with Kevin Surace, with permission
More for the Light at End of Tunnel Dept.: There isn't much need for your standard vinyl window these days, and many of the factories have gone bankrupt and closed. But Kevin Surace of Serious Windows is hiring back employees, reopening plants and making high efficiency, energy saving windows and are capturing what little market share there is out there. And the workers are proud and happy to be doing it. As Robin Scott, a 15 year worker said in Greener Buildings:
"I'm not a tree-hugger, by no means. But even I know we have to change. We cannot leave this world the way it is now. So if we can get this green bandwagon rolling here in Vandergrift, well, that's just what I want to see. We can start here in Vandergrift and create a whole bunch of new jobs -- that's even better."
As the Governor said at the ribbon cutting:
"Alternative and renewable energy and conservation are going to be for the next 25 years what information technology and bio sciences and life sciences have been for the last 25 years -- and we have to be ahead of the curve," Rendell said. "What you're doing today is enormously important."
President Obama mentioned it in his press conference on Tuesday:
"Serious Materials, just reopened a manufacturing plant outside of Pittsburgh. Last year, that factory was shuttered and more than one hundred jobs were lost. The town was devastated. Today, that factory is whirring back to life, and Serious Materials is rehiring the folks who lost their jobs. And these workers will now have a new mission: producing some of the most energy-efficient windows in the world."
We interviewed Kevin Surace and discussed his windows at Greenbuild in November.
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