BAYPORT, MN — Andersen Windows, a window manufacturer, has seen an uptick in business in recent weeks that it credits, at least in part, to a tax break for installing more energy-efficient windows that is part of the federal stimulus package, according to the Star Tribune. For Andersen, that meant recalling 180 of the 560 workers it laid off in January.

“Business has come back a little bit,” said Andersen spokeswoman Maureen McDonough. In addition to the stimulus package, she attributed the increase to spring weather and sales promotions. “We were expecting the first half of the year to be down substantially, with some rebound coming in the second half.”

The new tax break, for 2009 and 2010, allows a homeowner a credit of up to $1,500 for installing energy efficient windows.

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