updated 5/17/2011 6:16:53 PM ET 2011-05-17T22:16:53

N. VENICE, Fla., May 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Despite the fact that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast nearly six years ago, New Orleans is still in the process of rebuilding devastated neighborhoods and providing homes to affected families. PGT Industries, the nation's largest supplier of impact-resistant windows, is doing its part in the continued recovery effort.

In May, a group of PGT employees will go to New Orleans to volunteer for AEC Cares – projectNOLA. The outreach project, organized by New Orleans' Operation Helping Hands, provides residential construction-based services, labor and materials to those who are working to rebuild homes. Participants include volunteer professionals from the architecture, manufacturing and contracting industries.

PGT is also donating $5,000 to the project—the top sponsorship level—which will go toward the expense of rebuilding a home in the New Orleans parish. The home has been in the owner's family for more than 60 years, but has been damaged repeatedly, by Katrina and then Hurricane Gustav.

"At PGT we actively reach out to benefit our own community and others around the country," said Debbie LaPinska, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PGT. "This project seemed to be a natural for us in every way. We helped pioneer impact-resistant windows with our WinGuard® line after Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami, and we've been in the business of protecting families and businesses ever since. The families of New Orleans not only need products like ours, but they also need our time and labor. We're more than happy to provide it."

The renovation and build project took place on May 11. Following the volunteer effort, PGT will participate in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention, also in New Orleans. 


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. 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; PGT® WinGuard® and PremierVue™ Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors; PGT® Architectural Systems; PGT® SpectraGuard™; and PGT® Eze-Breeze® Sliding Panels. PGT Industries is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, Inc. (Nasdaq:PGTI). For additional information visit pgtindustries.com.

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CONTACT: Carole Reams
         PGT Industries

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