Secretary Chu and Congresswoman Dahlkemper Visit Seaway Manufacturing

March 30th, 2010 by Editor

The Secretary of Energy, Dr. Stephen Chu and Congresswoman Kathleen Dahlkemper visited Seaway Manufacturing Corp. last Friday, to meet with the owners and several employees and tour the plant. Seaway says the Secretary and Congresswoman chose to visit Seaway because of its reputation for building high-quality, energy-efficient doors and windows that comply with the Energy Tax Credit. They were also very interested in Seaway as a family-owned and family-oriented business for more than 50 years. 

As for the tax credit, Secretary Chu credited these for helping businesses like Seaway survive these difficult economic times. He said the goal of the incentives and rebates is to “take the pain out of energy efficient home improvements.” 

Congresswoman Dahlkemper also spoke about the benefit of the Energy Tax Credit for windows in the Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. 

“Thanks to the Recovery Act, homeowners can save as much as $1,500 in tax credits for energy improvements—a major savings for families. With quality, energy-efficient products made right here in Erie, homeowners in our region can save money and support local businesses at the same time,” said Rep. Dahlkemper. 

Seaway President Jana Goodrich thanked the Secretary and the Congresswoman for making energy efficiency a priority. 

“It is a credit to your efforts and this administration that has so aggressively pursued making energy-efficient home improvements more desirable and affordable for more Americans. We truly appreciate your interest in our company and our products, and the current administration’s efforts to promote energy efficient products through tax incentives and rebates. It’s good for the industry, good for the country, and the tax incentives and rebates help us to provide more jobs and to ensure job security for our employees and their families,” she said. 

Secretary Chu inspects a newly manufactured Seaway window.

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  1. Cost of Energy Star for small window manufacturer:
    We are a small manufacturing company in Canada.
    We make 8 different window products and combinations of them.
    Our cost for manufacturing, testing and approval for the Energy Star program cost approximately $40,000.
    I don’t believe we will recoup that cost from increased sales. We had to pay the price to qualify for Energy Star or we would not be able market our windows. Our only option to recoup the costs of the Energy Star compliance is to raise our prices.

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