Steve Chen, COO for manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems, has been recognized by the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Business Journal, in its December 2017 issue, as one of the 2017 Top 20 Under 40 young executives in the region. Winners were selected for their contributions to their companies and their impact on the economic vitality of the area. Under Chen’s direction, Crystal Windows has launched and significantly expanded manufacturing operations at its new Lackawanna County facility north of Scranton, Pa.

Steve Chen

“When Crystal purchased its new plant in Northeast Pennsylvania in 2015, we made a commitment to use local and regional businesses as much as possible and hire local employees,” says Chen. “To date, over 80 percent of our multi-million dollar investment to renovate and operate the factory in Benton Township has been with Pennsylvania businesses, and we’ve added over 90 employees from the local community.”

In less than two years, Crystal has renovated nearly half of its 336,000-square-foot factory building, started and expanded production operations, purchased and installed new production equipment, hired almost 100 local workers, and produced more than 20,000 windows and doors.

Chen is strongly committed to growing with the Northeast Pennsylvania community, and he is active with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and other area business groups, according to the company.  Earlier this year, Chen penned a widely published opinion piece on the reasons why Crystal selected NEPA for its corporate expansion.

Besides the growing Lackawanna County factory, Chen oversees the operation of the corporation’s four other plants located around the nation. He is increasingly a leader in the fenestration industry, was recently past president of the Northeast Window and Door Association.