Window maker calls 400 back to work

            PARKERSBURG, W. VA. – Simonton Windows, manufacturers of windows and patio doors, has offered employment back to all hourly employees laid off since late 2008. Due to economic and seasonal market conditions, a total of 402 full-time and seasonal employees have been asked to rejoin the company’s window and door manufacturing locations throughout West Virginia and Illinois. The company is also looking to hire an additional 55 new employees in those locations.

            “Business has picked up this summer, allowing us to return former employees back to work and offer new jobs to more people,” says Mark Savan, president of Simonton Windows. “Part of the business increase relates to seasonal demand for windows that we traditionally see during the second and third quarters of the year.

“However, this year we’re also seeing first-hand that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is having a positive impact on window sales. This homeowner stimulus package is succeeding in motivating consumers to invest in energy-efficient replacement windows and doors to gain a tax credit. Many of our customers nationwide are experiencing positive sales results related to the tax credit incentive. The stimulative effect of the consumer tax credit means we are in a position to rehire employees in our manufacturing facilities, along with hiring additional seasonal workers during the third quarter.”

Complementing the positive effect of the federal tax credit, Simonton recently introduced Supercept, an energy-efficient, stainless alloy spacer system that rivals the thermal performance of a foam spacer. The company has also launched Decorum, a collection of popular, designer interior laminates and hardware styling options that are also offered on the company’s products that are guaranteed to qualify for the tax credit.

Savan noted that, while overall business conditions remain very challenging, his company is ahead of the market. “We’re gaining market share during a difficult economic time,” says Savan. “Our ongoing commitment to producing quality custom-made products with short, reliable lead-times, combined with exceptional customer support, has allowed us to outperform our market during these challenging times.”

           In Simonton’s facilities in West Virginia, 263 employees were laid off during late 2008 and early 2009. All employees in good standing have been asked to come back to work, plus the company anticipates filling an additional 25 seasonal positions by the end of September.

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