Crystal Windows Receives Crain’s NY Family Business Award

FLUSHING, NY, July 9, 2018 –Crystal Window & Door Systems was recently recognized as one of the most notable family businesses in the New York metro area by Crain’s New York Business magazine.  In the June 25th, 2018 edition of the magazine, Crain’s presented the winners of its inaugural Family Business Awards.  Crystal was one of 15 family-owned and operated companies selected from a broad field of more than 100 nominees for their success and positive impact on the region’s economy.  The winning companies were also honored at an evening reception held at Crain’s Manhattan headquarters on June 28.

Founded in 1990 by Thomas Chen in a small commercial garage in Queens, Crystal has expanded many times over the years and now has nearly one million square feet of production space across the country with more than 700 employees.  Its headquarters remain in New York City where the company began.  Crystal manufactures almost500,000 windows and doors annually, and its products are sold in over 40 states.  The company is a perennial Window & Door Magazine Top 100 Manufacturer in North America, now ranking in the top third of the list.
Winners of the Crain’s Family Business Award represent many sectors of the New York economy including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers.  Of the winning companies, Crystal is the largest manufacturer, and among the largest company in terms of revenues, number of employees, and national presence. Nominations for the award came from the business community, Crain’s editorial board, and from several local Chambers of Commerce and economic development organizations.

 

Thomas Chen’s son Steve joined the firm in 2003, taking on greater responsibility with each company expansion, and he was named President in March 2018.  “Learning the business from the ground up from my father made me ready to take the helm,” said Steve Chen.  “My father has always worked hard at making the business better every day, and this entrepreneurial spirit is instilled in all our employees.”  Thomas is now Chairman of Crystal and its subsidiaries, and he focuses on business expansion opportunities as well as cultural foundations he established and other philanthropy.

 

Thomas and Steve Chen consider Crystal employees part of their extended family, offering skills training, managerial development, promotional and education opportunities, and competitive benefits.  “We definitely believe in investing in our people, and many of our employees have been with Crystal for over 15 years,” said Steve Chen.  “A lot of our customers have also been with us from the beginning, which is a testament to the skill and dedication of our team.  We’re proud of the business we built and honored by the recognition Crystal has received from Crain’s and the New York business community.”

 

Crain’s New York Business, the leading New York business magazine, focuses on the New York business community, with important insights, analysis and opinion.  Crain’s reports on emerging trends, interviews with thought leaders and industry experts, and covers commercial opportunities, economic changes, politics and more.  The Crystal Windows’ story was featureda few years ago on Crain’sNew York Stories television show which aired on the New York City Life regional cable network.  In 2016, Steve Chen was named to Crain’s 40 Under 40List as a young executive making a positive impact in the region.

Crystal Windows “Dunk Tank” Fundraiser for St. Mary’s Kids

FLUSHING, NY, June 19, 2018 –As part of its recent New York area Top Customer Recognition Celebration, Crystal Window & Door Systems featured a “Dunk Tank” fundraiser for St. Mary’s Kids.  Crystal President Steve Chen, along with other executives, volunteered to be plunged into a tank of water as their trade customer guests tossed balls at the release target in exchange for contributions.  The company executives were immersed numerous times to the delight of the crowd, and the event raised $1,100 for St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.

The Crystal Top Customer Recognition Celebration was held at Terrace on the Park in Corona, NY, and was attended by over 300 fenestration trade customers, company suppliers, business affiliates, and company staff.  The carnival-themed evening featured games of skill, a sledge hammer bell-ringing challenge, prizes, magicians, musical guests, and summer barbeque food in addition to the “Dunk Tank” fundraiser.

For nearly 150 years, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, located in Bayside, NY and Long Island, has provided advanced medical care for children born or stricken with life threatening illnesses and conditions, and support for their families.  Their programs now touch 4,000 children a day, both at St. Mary’s facilities and at homes throughout the New York metro area.  A supporter for many years, Steve Chen was honored by St. Mary’s at their 2017 Gala Dinner which raised over $630,000 for the hospital.

Crystal Windows Adds Vinyl Window Line to Newest Factory

FLUSHING, NY, June 18, 2018 –National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems has expanded production at its newest factory in Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) with the recent addition of the Crystal Series 100 vinyl window line.  The addition provides the company with greater production capacity and affords the company greater flexibility in production scheduling.

In late 2015, Crystal acquired the PA factory, which required significant renovations and reconfigurations to accommodate window manufacturing operations.  Since production start up in 2016, Crystal has been assembling three of the company’s 20 product lines there, and the Series 100 vinyl line is now the fourth.

“We’ve spent time and effort renovating and preparing our facility for new production lines and now we are ready to utilize the space,” said Craig Calderone, General Manager for Crystal’s PA operation.  “Crystal is currently fabricating three aluminum products here and now that we’ve added the appropriate saws and assembly equipment, the Series 100 will be the first of many more Crystal vinyl products to come.  Further into the future we even have plans to add vinyl extrusion capabilities at this facility.”  Presently Crystal extrudes vinyl window profiles only at its New York factory.

The Crystal Series 100 vinyl window line is the company’s longstanding and popular basic vinyl model, offering good value and easy installation.  The 3-¼” frame depth double-hung window has tilt-sashes, full width lift rails, constant force balances, dual vent locks, and half-screens.  For enhanced energy efficiency, the product’s ⅞” insulating glass unit comes standard with low-E coating and Argon gas filling.  Options include triple IGUs, between-the-glass grids, and spiral balances.

The Series 100 vinyl window is the first of several vinyl product lines slated to be fabricated at the Crystal NEPA factory.  New vinyl welding and corner cleaning equipment is scheduled for delivery and installation later this year, allowing many more of Crystal’s vinyl window and door lines to be manufactured there.

Crystal Windows Receives AAMA Milestone Award

FLUSHING, NY, May 7, 2018 –At its 81st Annual Conference this past February, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized Crystal Window & Door Systems on its milestone 25 years of membership.  AAMA is the leading fenestration association which establishes performance testing standards for the window and door industry.

“Crystal has been a member of AAMA since 1992, practically since we opened our doors for business,” said Steve Chen, President of Crystal Windows.  “Early on we recognized the technical value, professionalism, and prestige participation in this association brings to manufacturers, and we knew it was a tremendous source of information critical to our success.  Over the course of our quarter century of membership, we’ve gained knowledge of window design and performance standards and code requirements, and we have ensured our products are tested and certified to these high standards.”

Also through its membership in AAMA, Crystal has been trained and approved as an instructor for architect and fenestration installer courses.  As an approved trainer, Crystal conducts the two-day InstallationMaster® Training and Certification Program originally designed by AAMA for window installers, helping many of its installation customers receive this professional credential.

“Crystal is proud of its long-term dedication to furthering the growth, stature, and professionalism of the fenestration industry, and the company’s commitment as a member of AAMA is one demonstration of that,” said Chen.  “We look forward to continuing to be a part of this organization for many years.”

Since 1936, AAMA has been an advocate for the fenestration industry, addressing standards, testing, certification, and building code issues on behalf of product manufacturers, suppliers and test labs with member participation.  Membership in AAMA has come to be recognized as a symbol of a fenestration manufacturer’s commitment to professionalism.

Pennsylvania State Rep Karen Boback Tours Crystal Windows

BENTON TOWNSHIP, PA, May 24, 2018 – Karen Boback, the Representative from the Pennsylvania House for the 117th District, recently toured the new Crystal Window & Door Systems production facility in Benton Township, Lackawanna County, PA.  Crystal Windows is a national manufacturer of vinyl and aluminum frame windows and their Northeast PA 336,000-ft2 factory, only a little over two years old, is one of the newest and fastest growing industrial facilities in State Representative Boback’s district.

During the tour Representative Boback viewed the impressive operation which currently employs over 90 workers producing insulated glass units, vinyl and aluminum frame windows, and aluminum frame doors.  She also had the opportunity to meet Crystal President Steve Chen, learn of Crystal’s expansion plans, and discuss the needs of businesses regarding high school and community college career guidance, education, and training for potential future industrial workers.

“It was great that Representative Boback was able to see our factory here in Northeast Pennsylvania and get a sense of how committed Crystal is to the region and its workforce,” said Chen.  “With her background and support for education at all levels, she understands just how important education and vocational training is to the future of manufacturing in Lackawanna County.”

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Crystal Windows Executives Expand Corporate Roles

National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems is pleased to announce that its Chief Operating Officer Steve Chen has been appointed as President. Company founder Thomas Chen previously held this position, and he is now named Chairman. The new corporate roles are effective March 1, 2018. The promotion of Steve Chen reflects his expanding role in directing the strategic initiatives and operations of Crystal Windows, as well as its related subsidiaries and affiliates across the country. It also marks the smooth transition from the founding generation of this family-owned business to the next generation. “Steve’s leadership has brought Crystal to new heights, and he has many exciting plans for this company going forward,” said Thomas Chen, Crystal Chairman, and Founder.

Since taking the role of COO four years ago, Steve has focused on integrating Crystal’s primary operations in New York with its other national production facilities in St. Louis, Scranton, Chicago, and Riverside, CA, resulting in greater capacity, flexibility, and responsiveness. He expanded the company’s staff of sales, customer support, and engineering professionals to meet the more sophisticated needs of Crystal’s customers. Steve embarked on a significant investment in a new multi-million dollar enterprise-wide
computer system to manage the company’s quoting, sales, production, delivery and other vital operations, and allow qualified trade customers to quote and place orders directly in the Crystal system. Under his direction, the company also invested in major new
equipment and expanded factory space at all its locations.

In other activities, Steve Chen served as the President of the 100-member Northeast Window & Door Association, completing the successful merger of this organization with the national Window & Door Manufacturers’ Association. He serves as a judge for Window & Door Magazine’s national annual industry achievement award program, and he is active with much local business, community, charitable, and educational organizations.

Thomas Chen started Crystal Windows in 1990, after coming to America from his native Taiwan and working in several jobs in New York City. With drive, entrepreneurial spirit, and an instinct for an opportunity, he built Crystal into a national fenestration leader.
Crystal now produces nearly 500,000 windows and doors per year has a national workforce of over 700, and boasts almost one million square feet of manufacturing space. Philanthropically, Thomas established several organizations to promote Taiwanese culture and art, and to support higher education programs for immigrants. Besides his philanthropic and charitable endeavors, Thomas will continue his corporate involvement with strategic investments to serve the design and construction market.

Crystal PA Adds New Comprehensive State-of-the-Art Glass Line

BENTON TOWNSHIP, PA, January 26, 2018 – Continuing the expansion of capabilities at its Northeast Pennsylvania production center, national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems recently added a new state-of-the-art insulated glass unit (IGU) fabrication line at its Benton Township, PA factory.

The new equipment has the ability for automated assembly of triple pane insulated glass units (IGUs). With an investment of several million dollars, the new equipment has greatly increased capabilities and overall window production capacity for the manufacturer. “We specified and purchased top of the line equipment from leading

Manufacturer of Commerical windows in CAUS manufacturers, including GED Integrated Solutions and Billco Manufacturing, to create our new automated insulated glass unit line,” said Steve Chen, COO for Crystal. “This allows our Pennsylvania factory to complete many more window orders much more quickly and automates the production of energy efficient triple IGUs. Now Crystal can rapidly produce triple panes, as well as double panes, with improved uniform quality.” The new glass line includes several cutting, washing, spacer, IGU, gas filling, and grid fabrication components, which were integrated into one seamless operation. Three of the central components of the new IGU line were provided by GED Integrated Solutions of Twinsburg, OH. The GED Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System (ATLAS) allows triple-pane and dual-pane IGUs to be fabricated quickly and efficiently without any operator handling of center glass panels. Using automated “touch-free” Bernoulli vacuum lift technology to suspend the middle lite, the ATLAS equipment ensures contamination-free placement and alignment of triple IGUs. The ATLAS system delivers newly assembled IGUs to a GED Smart oven.

The GED Intercept i-3 spacer frame equipment accommodates steel coil of different alloys including stainless steel and tin plate, and in varying widths. Through precise control and rapidly selecting from the preloaded 10-spool rack, the GED system can produce variable thickness spacers, automatically. Billco Manufacturing of Zelienople, PA supplied its Z-Series automated glass cleaning system which accommodates glass thickness up to 19 mm and panel widths up to 96”. The Z-Series is engineered for easy maintenance and cleaning, greatly reducing operating expenses and downtime. Integrated Automation Systems OptiGas of Bedford Heights, OH, supplied its Automatic Free Fall Glass Loader, which directly integrates with the new glass cutting system and can drop glass from two sides in sizes up to 96” x 130”. The glass loader is synchronized with the new Billco CNC 2200 system featuring the Z-95 cutting head with edge deletion.

The equipment utilizes glass optimization software, precise CNC controls, and a rapid servo-controlled cutting wheel to cut glass accurately and reliably. Rounding out Crystal’s comprehensive new glass line are two more major pieces of equipment. The FastGas argon filling and monitoring system, also from Integrated Automation Systems, can fill and verify standard IGUs in as fast as 10 seconds with one operator. Using “Twin-Turbo” precise and reliable technology and automatic calibration, the system dramatically improves argon filling efficiency and quality. Its OptiClose Plug easily and quickly creates a solid mechanical seal, for the argon fill port, a vast improvement over screw inserts. Last, but not least, a “between-the-glass” grid fabrication line by Dailey Automation Systems automatically optimizes, cuts, and notches flat and contour grids by batch without operators. Installation of all the glass line components was accomplished using equipment supplier and in-house technicians. Crystal Pennsylvania has hired 9 additional employees for the new glass line and related operations. Crystal is planning additional equipment acquisition for the PA factory for 2018, including vinyl window assembly machinery enabling most of Crystal’s vinyl windows and doors to be made in PA as well as New York.

hiladelphia Project Spotlights Crystal Windows’ Expertise

Philadelphia Project Spotlights Crystal Windows’ Expertise

‐Manufacturer’s Engineering and Production Capabilities Save Time and Money on John Fox Towers‐

FLUSHING, NY, April 9, 2018 –National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems tapped its robust corporate resources to deliver substantial cost and time savings on a recent Philadelphia window replacement project. Innovative thinking, value engineering, custom-made installation accessories, and good affiliate business relations were all brought to bear by Crystal to provide a curtain wall retrofit alternative for John Fox Towers. The 17-story brick 1960s era apartment building located at 22 South 22nd Street in central Philadelphia underwent a major interior and exterior renovation in 2017. A significant challenge for the renovation was the planned replacement of 17 narrow vertical full building height curtain wall bays or ribbons which provided the bulk of the building’s fenestration.

The building owner, general contractor, and architect faced an expensive, complex and time-consuming curtain wall replacement effort. “Recognizing the fenestration challenges the project team faced, Crystal Windows stepped forward to assess the situation and develop a creative alternative solution,” said Rob Dorsky, Crystal’s Regional Sales Manager. The crux of the Crystal solution lay in leaving the curtain wall structure and spandrel panels in place, removing the existing vision glass sashes, and using custom accessories install new windows and new insulated panels over the original spandrel ones. “With the Crystal solution, the curtain wall look was maintained, but the time, effort, expense, disruption, and impact on tenants was avoided,” said Vincent Grieco, Crystal’s Technical Manager and a key driver behind the plan. “To successfully and safely achieve this goal, the full talents and resources of Crystal’s engineering, production, and professional affiliate and building materials partners were employed.” First, Crystal brought in the noted building structural analysis firm Porcello Engineering of Pine Brook, NJ, to perform in collaboration with the project GC and architect a comprehensive assessment of the existing curtainwall structure’s integrity.

The engineering analysis involved detailed on-site inspection of exposed areas and probes within the hidden wall interiors of the curtainwall system. Key to the assessment was the engineering determination that the current structure could carry the additional load of new aluminum windows and panels plus installation accessories. Crystal’s in-house engineering staff worked to design new special mounting brackets, interior trim pieces and exterior covers for the new Crystal aluminum slider windows and second-generation insulated panels. The company’s 3-D printing equipment provided samples and models of the various new components to assure the architect and the fenestration contractor the installation would be safe, secure, and expedient. Crystal also had Porcello Engineering review and approve the proposed installation materials and methods. Then Crystal’s aluminum extrusion affiliate, Gateway Extrusions in Union, MO, stepped up to cut new dies and extrude the custom-designed aluminum components. Laminators, Inc. of Hatfield, PA,supplied the 455 second-generation aluminum insulated panels.

The panels feature a polypropylene corrugated core sandwiched between 0.32” aluminum skins which were finished in a custom “Coppertone” color paint. Two panels were used per replacement window to match with the unequal offset sashes of the sliders. With new additional 2” thick DOW Super TUFF-Rpolyisocyanurate insulation sandwiched in between, the new panels were installed over the original curtain wall panels using a custom fabricated clip system. Crystal supplied 338 new aluminum heavy-commercial windows for the John Fox Towers project. The majority of the window units supplied were Series 5600 aluminum 2-lite sliders. This 3-¼” jamb window is AAMA AW-PG40/AW-PG50 rated and features sash clip locking pull rails. Adding to the building’s architectural aesthetics, the slider windows were specified with unequal sash widths to match the configuration of the new insulated panels. The new windows were secured to the existing curtain wall structure and mated with the new panels using custom fabricated installation accessories. For the building’s staircases and hallways, the Crystal Series 5500 aluminum double-hung window was employed. This 3- ¼” frame depth window is AAMA CW-PG60 rated and features full width top and bottom rail sash clip locks.

These windows were specified with ¼” laminated glass IGUs for safety and Ultra-Lift balances for ease of operation. All the new Crystal replacement windows were supplied with 2-½” face flange frames and metal sash stops, and they were finished with an environmentally sustainable durable AAMA 2604 bronze powder coat paint finish. The energy efficiency of the 1” double pane insulated glass units for all the windows was further enhanced by the use ofVitro Solarban 60 glass and Argon gas filling. The standard and custom-fabricated installation and finishing trim included L-clips, H-mullions, special trim covers, flashing, and historic and regular profile snap trim. All the exposed accessory surfaces were finished with the AAMA 2604 bronze powder coat paint finish to match the windows. John Fox Towers originally was named Sidney Hillman Apartments for the legendary garment workers’ union leader and was built in his honor by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union in 1967. The residential building offers affordable senior living with 273 apartment units.

It is located in the heart of the museum district in Center City Philadelphia, with convenient bus and light rail service nearby. The building was completely rehabilitated inside and out to improve energy efficiency, with new climate control systems, exterior lighting, new Crystal fenestration, roofing, and water heating systems. To encourage residents to get out of their apartments more, the developer renovated common areas with a gathering space, computer and library center, and an indoor community garden. The new owner and developer of The John Fox Towers building is the Vitus Group of New York, NY. Apollon Contracting of Roslyn Heights, NY, was the General Contractor, and the fenestration and panel installation firm were Eureka Metal and Glass Service of Philadelphia, PA. Kramer + Marks of Ambler, PA, was the project architect. Porcello Engineering supplied special fenestration engineering services, and the Laminators insulated panels were supplied through A-Porcel Distributors of Bronx, NY.

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Steve Chen Named a Northeast PA Top Young Executive

– Crystal COO Recognized by Regional Business Journal’s 20 Under 40 List – FLUSHING, NY, December 14, 2017 – Steve Chen, COO for award-winning national 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 Steve’s direction, Crystal Windows has launched and significantly expanded manufacturing operations at its new Lackawanna County facility north of Scranton just off I-81.

“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,” said Steve Chen. “To date, over 80% 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 one-half of its 336,000- ft2 factory building, started and expanded production operations, purchased and installed new production equipment, hired almost 100 local workers, and produced over 20,000 windows and doors. Last year, Crystal Pennsylvania was a finalist in The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce SAGE Awards – New and Emerging Company category. Crystal’s start-up, growth, and accomplishments in Northeast Pennsylvania have been recognized by several state and county officials and agencies, and they have been the subject of news stories in several media outlets, including WBRE TV-28 and the Times-Tribune.

Steve 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. Earlier this year, Steve penned a widely published opinion piece on the reasons why Crystal selected NEPA for its corporate expansion.

Besides the growing Lackawanna County factory, Steve 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 & Door Association, and he serves as a judge for Window & Door Magazine’s annual national industry award competition. Steve graduated from Penn State University with a degree in economics

Crystal Executive Highlighted in Leading Industry Publication

Sabrina Leung Part of Feature Article on Women in Fenestration – FLUSHING, NY, November 8, 2017

National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems is pleased to announce that another company executive has received major industry recognition. Sabrina Leung, Manager of Architectural Sales and R&D, is featured in US Glass Magazine October 2017 issue in its article highlighting top Women in the Glass Industry. Ms. Leung is one of 24 senior managers recognized by this leading national industry publication for making their mark in a traditionally male-dominated business.

“Sabrina is a tremendous asset to Crystal,” said Steve Chen, Crystal Chief Operating Officer. “Her insights and leadership have driven Crystal to become an innovative, customer-focused manufacturer. It’s no surprise that her accomplishments have been recognized by the industry.”

In addition to architectural sales, Ms. Leung also directs the company’s R&D/Engineering Department in developing new products and product features. This team of expert engineers also prepares construction and installation shop drawings, and custom accessories and prototype profiles with 3-D printer modeling.

Ms. Leung joined Crystal in 2004. “Crystal has always provided opportunities for me to take on new challenges and grow,” said Ms. Leung. “I started as a sales representative out of college, learning all I could about Crystal’s product line. Now I oversee entire teams of experienced R&D engineers, architectural sales professionals, and customer support staff, developing new vinyl and aluminum window products and handling multi-million dollar projects.”

“Crystal supplies some very complex projects that are not simple cookie-cutter designs,” said Ms. Leung. “More and more engineering and custom design work is involved in new construction, total rehab, and historic property window projects. Our sales and engineering teams work very effectively together for our customers.”

With influence on the company extending beyond her department, Ms. Leung is a member of Crystal’s executive management team which meets weekly on the company’s strategic plans. She works closely with the production team to bring new products from drawing board to fabrication.

Ms. Leung has been recognized by the Queens Courier, one of the largest media outlets for the New York City borough of Queens, with its Top Women in Business award. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University, a Master’s Degree in Risk Management from St. John’s University and she has completed several professional courses in business and management.