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Weatherization Provides Boost for New Jersey Business

April 9, 2010 - 5:11pm

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Although supplying weatherization professionals with the materials they need to make homes more energy efficient has been a part of Niagara Conservation Corp.’s business since it was founded in 1977, Rich Wagner admits that sales have slumped over the last decade.

The Recovery Act is reversing that, says Wagner, the Director of Business Development-Weatherization for Cedar Knolls, N.J.

The company makes and sells caulking and weatherstripping, duct sealing products, and window sealant kits to hundreds of local weatherization agencies and providers throughout the country, Wagner says.

The company provides other high efficiency products, such as high-efficiency (HET) toilets and water-conserving showerheads.

Wagner says Niagara has seen a 15 to 20 percent increase in sales of its weatherization supplies since 2008. “It is driven by the Recovery Act,” he adds.

As part of the growth in its weatherization business, Niagara is selling more compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs to contractors who install energy-efficient lighting.

The company, Wagner says, is “hiring people almost weekly” in customer-service, sales and support positions, as well as manufacturing jobs.

“As we expand our business to meet the demand, let’s put Americans back to work,” Wagner says.

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