September 23, 2011 – Twenty years ago, two men started a business out of an apartment. Today, Pennsylvania-based Power Home Remodeling Group is the fourth largest company of its kind in the country and it has pledged to add hundreds of jobs out of its new office in Marlborough.
Last week, local and state officials officially welcomed the company, which specializes in energy-efficient home improvements, to the region with a ribbon cutting at its 377 Simarano Drive location.
“Thank you to Power for choosing Massachusetts,” said Lt. Gov. Tim Murray. “These are ‘green-collar’ jobs. They’re good jobs that put people to work.”
Cousins Jeff and Adam Kaliner started the business in 1992. In an industry fraught with consumer complaints, the company’s motto was to do the right thing “even when people aren’t watching,” Jeff Kaliner said.
In addition, the business went the energy efficiency route years before it became a key ideal, he said.
“This region is pioneering in…green initiatives,” said Jeff Kaliner, Power’s co-founder and CEO.
Asher Raphael, the company’s chief strategy officer, commended U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern for his support of the 2009 stimulus package’s tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements.
“He’s had a major hand in helping us grow,” Raphael said.
McGovern stressed that more and more homeowners are beginning to understand that they need to retrofit their homes.
“There is a future in green jobs,” McGovern said. “This is a great vision and a great opportunity.”
Power has already hired more than 50 employees in the region. The company plans to create at least 100 jobs here in 2011 and another 100-250 in 2012.
Raphael said the company realizes it’s not a household name in Massachusetts yet. He thanked the employees, many of whom attended the ribbon cutting, for believing in the company’s mission.
“It’s only because of you this is possible,” Raphael told them. “What we are creating here are green careers.”
The state recently recognized Marlborough as one of its Green Communities.
“Marlborough is an incredible city and an incredibly business-friendly city,” said state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, who, like many others at the event, wore a green-infused tie.
Mayor Nancy Stevens said she was impressed with the company’s commitment to the community.
“We’re really excited to have you here,” Stevens said.
At the event last Friday, Power presented a $10,000 check to the Massachusetts YouthBuild Coalition, a community development program and alternative school that offers career training in green industries to low-income youths between 16 and 24 years old. Some of those youths attended the event.
The company is also donating $1 per window, square of siding and square of roofing installed throughout the year to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises money to fight pediatric cancer. Power is on target to meet its goal of $300,000 at the end of the year.
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