Senator Visits a Window Plant and Discusses Timely Issues

December 27th, 2011 by DWM Magazine

B.F. Rich president George Simmons (left) tours the plant with Senator Carper.

B.F. Rich Windows and Doors hosted a plant tour and roundtable discussion with U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) last week. During the tour Senator Carper was introduced to green window manufacturing processes and R-5 window technology. B.F. Rich, a top seller in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) R-5 High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program, highlighted its success in the program. Executives also asked Senator Carper for a commitment to support the DOE’s Net Zero Energy Mandate.

Darryl Huber, division manager for architectural and commercial projects, pointed out the important role the High Performance Windows Volume Purchase Program plays in the pursuit of net zero homes in America.

“R-5 window technology is an important intermediate step in our nation’s goal to achieve R-10 performance by the year 2020,” said Huber. “Increased demand for R-5 windows today will help drive the technology curve to attain the R-10 goal tomorrow.”

Senator Carper also participated in discussions on many topics including: window energy conservation; manufacturing jobs; the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule; and the proposed Cut Energy Bills at Home Act legislation (Bill S.1914) for energy tax credits.

“BF Rich is one example showing us that business can thrive and support energy efficiency initiatives at the same time,” said Senator Carper. “Through the manufacturing of innovative energy-efficient windows, this company will help its customers decrease their energy usage and their bottom line. This is what I like to call a win-win for business and the environment.”

George Simmons, president/CEO at B.F. Rich, said Senator Carper was very interested and concerned about the challenges facing the industry, including the loss of manufacturing jobs. “The challenges we face are not just B.F. Rich challenges; they are national challenges that include our vendors as well as our competitors,” said Simmons. “We need Congress to work together to address these challenges in a bi-partisan manner.”

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  1. Enjoyed reading the article about. Sen. Carper’s visit to the plant.

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