Cantwell Tours JELD-WEN, Discusses Efforts to Get Lending Capital Flowing for Job Creation

YAKIMA, WA – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) toured the JELD-WEN Yakima Window Manufacturing facility and held a press conference on  her efforts to support manufacturing and clean energy development.  Cantwell has worked to create tax breaks for consumers purchasing energy efficient products. 


“With the right tax credit and the combined efforts of the public and private sectors, we can create jobs and grow our economy,” said Cantwell. “Estimates show that if ten percent of windows in American homes are switched from single pane to energy-efficient double pane windows, we create 13,500 new jobs.  This is the growth our economy needs now.”


“The window tax credit that Senator Cantwell championed has been an enormous help for us,” said Ron Saxton, Executive Vice President of JELD-WEN. “Access to capital is crucial for the construction industry using our products.  I appreciate Senator Cantwell’s leadership in these efforts.” 


Cantwell seeks to restore access to credit at the local level and supports federal tax credits to homeowners who choose to replace inefficient windows with energy-efficient models such as those manufactured at JELD-WEN’s Yakima plant.  Cantwell and Senator Ensign (R-NV) championed a $17 billion clean energy package that extended an existing tax credit to consumers for up to $500 of energy efficient product purchases.  Cantwell is hoping to get this tax credit extended in the current jobs bill.