N. VENICE, FLA. – February 15, 2010 – PGT Industries (NASDAQ: PGTI), one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of custom windows and doors, will be honored with the World Vision Humanitarian Award for its years of donations to families in need and for the Company’s dedication to communities across the United States. The Award will be presented on February 16 at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Annual Conference in Palm Desert, CA.
International aid agency World Vision’s domestic (U.S.) programs include The Storehouse network, which is how World Vision reaches poverty-affected communities. A wide range of critically needed donated products are available through this grassroots operation, which includes building supplies. Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers support World Vision’s work by donating their excess inventory and providing it to low-income families and other nonprofit organizations working in economically distressed areas. The products are used to refurbish under-resourced communities, without compromising donors’ respective markets.
“World Vision plays a critical role for those low-income families and communities across the U.S. that are in dire need of assistance,” said Rod Hershberger, President and CEO, PGT Industries. PGT values the importance of serving these communities through product donations and volunteerism. We are honored to receive this Humanitarian Award and look forward to working with World Vision on more projects in the future.”
One of the more recent donations by PGT many years to come.” World Vision was a donation of windows to rebuild the home of a West Virginia family, the Boylards, after it was destroyed by fire. The Boylards are one of many families in West Virginia who have improved their lives through PGT’s donation. Appalachia is an area of the country where poverty is magnified, due to many factors, including fewer employment opportunities and lower income potential.
“PGT Industries has been an outstanding donor, particularly since we recently partnered in 2008,” said Mary Garcia, corporate relations director at World Vision. “Mr. Hershberger’s commitment to World Vision’s mission of supporting children and families affected by poverty in America is one we look forward to nurturing for many years to come.
” World Vision’s Storehouse network partners with manufacturers, retailers, and other corporate donors who supply daily essentials, school and office supplies, medical and health-care items, and building materials – all aimed at improving the quality of life for families battling the damaging effects of poverty. These donated items are organized and managed in nine warehouses located across the United States.
ABOUT PGT: PGT® pioneered the U.S. impact-resistant window and door industry and today is the nation’s leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors. Founded in 1980, the company employs approximately 1,000 at its manufacturing, glass laminating and tempering plants in Florida and North Carolina. Utilizing the latest designs and technology, PGT products are ideal for new construction and replacement projects serving the residential, commercial, high-rise and institutional markets. PGT’s product line includes PGT® Aluminum and Vinyl Windows and Doors; WinGuard® Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors; PGT® Architectural Systems; and Eze-Breeze® Sliding Panels. PGT Industries is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGTI). For additional information, or to find a distributor near you, visit pgtindustries.com or call 800-284-6019.
About World Vision Product Donation
Products donated to World Vision, or “gifts-in-kind” (GIK), are a company's first-quality or specially-produced inventory donated to assist those in need. World Vision sorts, ships, and distributes these goods to millions of children and families in the U.S. and overseas each year. World Vision works in 100 countries, half of which have duty free status to import donations. In the past five years, World Vision has placed more than $1.5 billion worth of donated goods from major corporations, including medical supplies, school supplies, building materials, personal care items, clothing, shoes, books, and sporting goods. http://www.worldvision.org/press