President Obama used a manufacturing backdrop to announce his new economic team today, and the factory floor at Thompson Creek Windows in Landover, Md., was an excellent setting to reinforce his new outreach to business and manufacturers.
From Thompson Creek Windows, “Thompson Creek Windows Hosts President Obama As He Announces Economic News“:
Thompson Creek President Rick Wuest said, “It was definitely an honor and a change of pace for us to host the President and the White House Press Corps. Being selected by the White House as the location for announcements on the economy is exciting for all of our employees, and being showcased as a company that is able to thrive in these challenging conditions is validation of our hard work that has created a lot of jobs and kept us on a strong growth path.”
The Company is a privately owned and family operated manufacturer and installer of energy efficient home improvement replacement products. Founded in 1980, it has evolved into one of the leading home improvement contracting companies in the nation and now includes Thompson Creek Window Company, Closet America, LLC, and St. Claire Window & Door Corp. Products include replacement windows and doors, vinyl siding and a clog-free gutter system. Thompson Creek employs a staff of 289 people at two locations: the manufacturing plant and distribution center in Landover, Maryland, and corporate headquarters and administrative offices in Lanham, Maryland. The Company’s market territory includes Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
UPDATE (1:48 p.m.): From the President’s remarks:
It is wonderful to be here at Thompson Creek, and I want to thank Rick for showing me how you manufacture more efficient windows at this factory. This is, as he explained to me, a family business. Rick was just 13 when his father Fred opened the company. And back then, his family lived above the store, and Rick started out sweeping the floors. Three decades later, Thompson Creek has expanded. It’s already outgrown this new 80,000 square-foot facility that it moved into just three years ago. And I’ll bet sometimes Rick still feels like he’s living at the plant. (Laughter.) That’s what happens when you’re in charge.
But building this business has been an extraordinary accomplishment for the Wuest family. And it speaks not only to him — it also speaks to all the employees here today, the hardworking men and women who make this company work. And it speaks to the promise of America. It’s the idea that if you’ve got a dream and you’re willing to work hard, then you can succeed.
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