John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door
The Cash for Clunkers program is in the headlines this week, as it's
proven to be so successful among the consumers, the government has run
our of money for it. Tax credits for energy efficient windows and
doors haven't drawn the same attention, but we see in this week'sSimonton headline that the $1,500 credit available to homeowners has
had a positive impact on that company and its workers.
in April we've seen steady growth, which hadn't happened for the last
two years or so," reports Wayne Gorell, president of Gorell Windows
& Doors, as well. "We called all our laid off employees back by
early June, and have added about another dozen or so new hires. We see
continuing improvement and positive attitudes from our dealers. We've
also beefed up our sales force and our marketing efforts to get ready
for the steady recovery. I think the tax credit has been a tremendous
stimulus to our sector of the remodeling industry."
week, we ran a report in which one Simonton dealer attributed about 10
window jobs a month to the tax credits, out of about 45 jobs a month in
total. Does that percentage ring true with you? What kind of impact
have energy efficient tax credits had with your business? That's our
poll question of the week. And, of course, I'd love to hear from you. There's plenty of debate on the Cash for Clunkers. How about some debate on energy efficient window tax credits? Would you like to see the program extended? Or changed? Or
discontinued? Let me know what you think.
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