U.S. Congressman Mark Takano (D-Ca.) recently visited Crystal Pacific Window and Door Systems as part of his “100 Businesses in 100 Days” tour of manufacturers, exporters, retail stores construction companies, high-tech firms and other businesses throughout his Southern California congressional district.

Takano Talks with Chen and Walters
Congressman Mark Takano (left) speaks with Pacific Crystal president Thomas Chen (center) and general manager Bill Walters (right)

Takano, a former school teacher who represents the state’s 41st District, serves on the House Veterans Affairs and the Science, Space and Technology committees. While touring the Crystal Pacific plant in Riverside, Ca., he observed the production of vinyl windows and met with company employees and managers.

“We are delighted that Congressman Takano saw fit to include our modest, but fast-growing firm in his list of important businesses to visit,” says Bill Walters, the general manager for Crystal Pacific. “I feel he came away with a greater appreciation not only of the challenges start-ups like Crystal Pacific face, but also of the valuable contribution we are making to the economy of Riverside and how our quality products are improving the energy efficiency of buildings throughout Southern California.”

Crystal Pacific has grown quickly since its launch in early 2012, listing a factory, sales showroom and corporate headquarters within its 116,000-square foot facility in Riverside. The company also has a sales showroom branch office in San Diego.

During the plant tour, Takano saw the full extent of Crystal Pacific’s vinyl window and sliding patio door production operations, including the company’s CNC-controlled glass cutting, assembly of insulating  glass units and automated four-point welding of vinyl frames and sashes.

The Congressman also met with several Crystal Pacific employees and management, discussing window energy efficiency issues as well as the ongoing challenge of hiring local skilled labor.