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Crystal President Confirms Plans for Major Manufacturing Facility in Texas

Over a multi-year period, Crystal will begin producing aluminum windows and doors in Texas, as well as possibly ancillary operations such as vinyl and aluminum extrusion. Photo: Crystal

Crystal Window & Door Systems has expanded operations at its Scranton, Pennsylvania, facility and acquired a 100-acre property in Mansfield, Texas.

President Steve Chen says the Mansfield property will include a 650,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that will double as a regional headquarters.

“Shipping finished products to Texas worked well, but of course it also involves costs and time, which can be significantly reduced by having a large production facility in Texas,” says Chen.

Over a multi-year period, Crystal will begin producing aluminum windows and doors in Texas, as well as possibly ancillary operations such as vinyl and aluminum extrusion.

“Expanding in Texas is a natural step,” says Chen. “The window and door market in Texas continues to grow. Given our existing sales office in the Dallas area, it was logical that the company’s next new facility would be located there to better serve current and future commercial customers.”

Chen explains that the website will be developed in phases. The new operation is expected to create 500 jobs in the region. Texas Gov. Greg Abbot says the facility represents a capital investment of more than $121 million. The governor's office reports that the company was awarded a $3.2 million Texas Enterprise Fund grant and a $15,000 Veteran Created Job Bonus.

In addition to the Scranton expansion and move to Texas, Crystal plans to add additional equipment to its Scranton facility in 2024, including vinyl saws, welders and corner cleaners. Also planned are building improvements, a new roof sign and improvements to employee break areas.

“The new equipment [in Scranton] has improved our operational efficiency and reduced lead times,” says Chen. “Further improvements this year will continue this trend and allow us to meet demand even more effectively and improve deliveries to customers.”

As his company expands, Chen admits that current market challenges such as inflation, labor, mortgage rates and “general economic unrest” are impacting the business. He says economic hardships have slowed sales growth in many parts of the country.

“Nevertheless, the future remains bright,” he adds. “That’s why we think it’s time to take bold action now to position the company advantageously for the future.”

Crystal was founded in 1990 as a small trading company in New York. Since then, Crystal has grown into a national manufacturer with five manufacturing facilities across the country.

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