Obama Singles Out Window Company in Presidential Address *Updated 11:30 ESTJanuary 28th, 2010 by Editor
When President Obama addressed the nation last night in his State of the Union address, he mentioned a Philadelphia window manufacturer as proof of the stimulus act at work.
“Talk to the window manufacturer in Philadelphia who said he was skeptical of the Recovery Act until he added two shifts due to the business it created,” said Obama.
Although he didn’t mention Northeast Building Products by name, DWM confirmed that it was in fact the Philadelphia-based company with Fran Levin, its executive vice president. Levin says she received a call from the White House yesterday requesting permission for the company to be mentioned.
Following the address last night, she received a call from CNN and Northeast Building Products president Alan Levin appeared on CNN this morning at 11 a.m.
Both Fran and Alan also appeared on the local CBS affiliate today as well. CLICK HERE for that story.
Levin told CNN that the tax credit was responsible for the company adding one hundred jobs in the past year. Levin says last year they had 185 employees and currently they have 285. He clarified that the real reason for the increase in business is the window tax credits.
This is not the first time the company received national attention. In December, the company was featured on the ABC Evening News with Charles Gibson, (CLICK HERE for that story). The report talked about the increase in business at the company due to the window tax credits and the weatherization program.
DWM added a new poll to its website based on the President’s speech. Go to our website and scroll down to the bottom right to take the poll.
And if you have any comments on the President’s comments and how it will or will not help the door and window industry, post a comment here in this story.