Re-Opens Former Kensington Windows Plant
March 17, 2009
Serious Materials, the new owner of the former Kensington Windows,
reopened the Vandergrift, Pa., facility in a ceremony held yesterday.
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, along with rehired Kensington
employees, were on-hand to celebrate the reopening of the plant
that closed abruptly in October when parent company Jancor Co. lost
its financing and filed for bankruptcy. Approximately 25 former
Kensington employees have been rehired to date, including Robin
Scott, who spoke with a great deal of emotion yesterday at the ceremony.
The company plans to bring other employees back as orders increase.
don't need a Ph.D. to see that factories are fleeing this area,"
said Scott. "So I wasn't that surprised when Kensington closed
. But when they shut this place down it was the worst feeling
I ever had."
Scott added that he hadn't thought the facility would be reopened
under new management. "When I got the call from my friend Chuck
(Chuck Wetmore, plant manager) to come back, my response was, 'when
He also joked, "I'm not a tree hugger by any means,"
but that he was pleased to hear that Serious Materials, a company
focused on energy-efficient windows, was the new owner.
Gov. Rendell echoed this sentiment. "I'm not a tree hugger
either, but I know that saving energy will be crucial in the next
25 years," he said.
He also used Kensington/Serious as an example of government at
work (referring to the stimulus package).
"The next time you hear someone say government doesn't work,
tell them they are wrong," he said.
As another example, he pointed to the money allotted to weatherization
of homes in the stimulus bill.
"We'll do training so people learn how to weatherize homes,"
he said. "That's a lot of jobs that will be created."
Serious president Kevin Surace also spoke at the event and told
those in attendance about the company's commitment to saving energy
through its production of high R-value windows. Most windows are
R2 or R3, says Surace, meaning half of the energy will be lost from
"Five percent of all the energy in America literally goes
out the window and we can change that," says Surace, who says
Serious windows have an R value of 11.
"It's so gratifying for others to see what I knew when I started
this company-that no one does what we do," he added.
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