Gorell Receives ENERGY STAR "Sustained Excellence Award"

Gorell Enterprises Inc. of Indiana, Pa., was recently honored with the "Sustained Excellence" Award by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency for its record of manufacturing energy-efficient windows as well as the company's work in promoting the ENERGY STAR® program. Gorell became the first window manufacturer in the country to receive this distinction, an honor bestowed on organizations that win ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year three or more consecutive times, according to the company. Gorell was named ENERGY STAR "Partner of the Year" for the third consecutive year in 2006.

A partner in the ENERGY STAR program since 1999, Gorell was selected as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2004 and 2005. The "Sustained Excellence" Award is given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. Gorell and other winners received the awards in Washington, D.C. last week.

"To be named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the third consecutive year-and to receive the prestigious Sustained Excellence Award-is a tremendous honor," said Mike Rempel, president and chief operating officer. "Our employees continuously strive to produce not only the best, most innovative windows and doors in the industry-but the most energy-efficient products available. We also place great emphasis on educational and training materials to ensure that our employees, dealers and consumers have a clear understanding of the ENERGY STAR program and the benefits that energy-efficient products provide."

Because of the thermally efficient design and construction of Gorell products, nearly all Gorell products qualified for the ENERGY STAR label in 2005, according to the company. Gorell manufactures several lines of energy-efficient windows and offers six high-performance low-E glass systems that feature double- or triple-insulating glass, low-emissivity coatings and inert gas fill between the panes. All Gorell vinyl windows or doors that incorporate one of the company's optional low-E glass systems qualify for the ENERGY STAR label.

"Partners like Gorell are national leaders in energy efficiency," said Kathleen Hogan, Director of EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division. "ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence winners are true models for improving energy efficiency across the country. Gorell has shown year after year that energy efficiency is good for business and helps consumers save important resources, all while protecting the environment."

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