By Sigrid Tornquist
One of Bob Campbell’s recent awning projects had nothing to do with designing and installing an awning. Campbell, MFC, president of Mt. Lebanon Awning in Presto, Pa., was contacted by Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) for input regarding inclusion of “awnings, canopies and similar external fenestration attachments” as measures eligible for rebates under the Home Star legislation that was presented to the House of Representatives in April 2010. “The congressman came down to the shop and toured the manufacturing process,” Campbell says. “He also asked a lot of questions regarding how the bill might drive business.” The bill, which focused on energy conservation, was also intended as a driver for business growth.
The bill passed the House but not the Senate. “Even though this particular bill didn’t pass, these are the kinds of things that contribute to a bright future for awning manufacturers,” Campbell says. “I think our products are going to be more desirable with more people wanting and needing to conserve energy.”