Crystal Window and Door Systems PA, based in Benton Township, Pa., celebrated its first full year in Northeast Pennsylvania with an anniversary open house on October 5, 2016. During the past year, the company has renovated a significant portion of the building, started producing windows and hired almost 50 employees.

Crystal CEO Thomas Chen (second from right) and COO Steve Chen at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Pennsylvania Senator John Blake (right) and Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce President Robert Durkin (left).
Crystal CEO Thomas Chen (second from right) and COO Steve Chen at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Pennsylvania Senator John Blake (right) and Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce President Robert Durkin (left).

More than 75 guests, including members of the local business community, government officials, suppliers and trade customers, gathered at the large 336,000-square-foot facility in Lackawanna County to learn of the manufacturer’s plans for future expansion and to tour the facility.

“Since acquiring the property a year ago, we have accomplished so much and we wanted to share this with the community that has welcomed us to the area,” says Steve Chen, Crystal COO. “This facility is Crystal’s largest expansion yet, and it has been a resounding success.”

Crystal purchased the former Owens Corning building, the interior of which was less than half completed, and surrounding 226-acre property on October 1, 2015.  Since then, 70,000 square feet of factory space has been renovated, equipment purchased and installed, and three of Crystal’s aluminum window and patio door product lines are now manufactured there.

Crystal PA has hired 49 employees, all from the local area, and engages local vendors and contractors for its operations. To date, almost 12,000 doors and windows have been made at the location since production began in February.

“Over the next five years, all of Crystal’s 20 product lines will be made at this plant, from start to finish,” Chen told attendees. “This includes extruding the aluminum and vinyl profiles, painting and finishing them, and fabricating the insulated glass units for the doors and windows. A significant investment in equipment is planned, and of course hiring and training the employees for the operation. We expect as many as 350 to 400 employees when everything is fully up and running.”