Door and Window Manufacturers Honored as Energy Star PartnersApril 12th, 2019 by Brigid O'Leary
Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program issues Partner of the Year Awards, distinguishing the program’s best participants in the area of corporate energy management. This year, three door and window companies made the list—also being recognized for “Sustained Excellence,” after going above and beyond the criteria for two or more consecutive years.
At a ceremony held on Thursday in Washington, D.C., officials for Andersen Corp., ProVia and Soft-Lite were on hand to receive their companies’ awards. The event marked Soft-Lite’s sixth straight year of reaching the Sustained Excellence level.
“We’re proud—and honored—to achieve national recognition from the EPA for the sixth year in a row, and to have reached the most prestigious level of Sustained Excellence for the fourth year,” said Tyson Schwartz, ’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Energy Star is a vital part of Soft‐Lite’s business. It’s become the foundation of our commitment to energy efficiency.”
This year’s honor makes ProVia a 12-time recipient, after starting as an Energy Star partner in 2002.
“Energy Star has been a driving force, inspiring ProVia to diligently work on bringing energy-efficient products to market,” said the company’s president and CEO, Brian Miller. “As a result, our products save American families and businesses energy and money every day.”
As an Energy Star partner since 1998 (when the windows program first began), Andersen Corp. holds the longest-running streak among door and window manufacturers. In the program’s second year, the company received the National Window Partner of the Year award, making this year’s recognition its fifth in Sustained Excellence and the tenth time the company has been recognized by the program.
“It is our responsibility to produce durable products that help reduce energy consumption and emissions, lower utility costs, and improve personal health and well-being,” said Jay Lund, chairman and CEO of Andersen Corp. “We are proud to have been named a 2019 Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award winner and continue our partnership with the Energy Star program, a trusted symbol of energy efficiency.”
Manufacturers tout the program at a time when the current administration’s proposed budget seeks to cut Energy Star’s funding, instead shifting those financial responsibilities to participating, privately-held companies.