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.

Crystal Windows Ranked Amongst Largest NY Area Minority Firms

The recognition of national award-winning manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems’ success continues as the company was once again included in the major business ranking of New York City area minority-owned firms. In its March 13, 2017 edition, noted publication Crain’s New York Business ranked Crystal Windows 12th on its annual list of the New York area’s largest minority-owned companies. Others on the list this year include perennials Sigma Plastics, Goya Foods, Palladium Equity Partners, Bartlett Dairy and several other relatively large firms new this year. Crystal Windows has been included in the Crain’s list for the past 20 years, since 1998.

The Crain’s list is comprised of the largest privately held firms that are at least 51% minority-owned and headquartered in New York City or in seven surrounding New York and New Jersey counties. The ranking is based on annual company revenues from the prior year. Before 2014, the list included 25 top minority companies, but in recent years it has been reduced to only the top 15 firms.

“I’m extremely proud that Crystal continues to excel and be recognized by Crain’s,” said Steve Chen, Crystal’s COO. “With 20 million diverse people and tens of thousands of minority-owned companies in the New York metro area, this makes the recognition even more significant. We owe it all to our dedicated workforce, our loyal trade customers and the appeal of our energy efficient made-in-America fenestration products.”

Crain’s, the region’s premier weekly business magazine published in print and online, also produces a TV business show featuring notable New York entrepreneurs and their stories. Crystal Windows and both its CEO Thomas Chen and COO Steve Chen have been featured or included in the magazine’s articles, recognitions and TV show many times in the past. Last year Steve Chen was recognized as one of Crain’s 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Young Business Executives, and Thomas Chen and Crystal’s American success story was featured on Crain’s NY Stories TV show in 2015.

Crystal New Aluminum Window Earns Industry Award

FLUSHING, NY, January 5, 2017 – Crystal Window & Door Systems is pleased to announce that one of its new products has recently earned a national industry recognition. The Crystal Series 8500/8600 aluminum projected window line, available in a variety of styles and feature options, was named the US Glass Magazine’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Award winner in the Window Products category. The window was introduced by Crystal in the Spring of 2016 and has been supplied to several notable projects already, including the major renovation of the largest hotel on Long Island (NY), the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, NY.

At the end of each year, US Glass Magazine conducts a survey of its subscribers to select the best new products featured in the publication’s Product Showcase section, the Annual New Products Guide, and advertised throughout the year. The Readers’ Choice Awards include categories for glass, window, door, hardware and equipment, and subscribers review hundreds of new products to vote for the best in each category.

“We are very proud of our Series 8500/8600 aluminum line,” said Sabrina Leung, Crystal’s Architectural Sales and Engineering Manager. “The Readers’ Choice Award in US Glass Magazine confirms the broad national appeal of this high-end window with professionals in the fenestration industry.”

Intended for commercial and multi-family building applications, the Crystal Series 8500/8600 aluminum window line is available in four styles – outswing casement, fixed, project-out awning and project-in hopper. Standard with a strong durable 2-⅝” (Series 8500) or 3-¼” (Series 8600) depth frame and 1″ or 1-¼” insulated glass, the line boasts outstanding AAMA architectural ratings from AW-PG80 to AW-PG100. Of great appeal to owners, architects and installers is the continuous single master frame which offers the ability to combine up to three windows of the same or varying styles in one grouping.

“Our new Series 8500/8600 aluminum window line master frame allows property owners and designers to achieve a modern fenestration look while saving time, effort and money over traditional vertical ‘stacking’ and horizontal ‘ganging’ of separate windows using mullions,” said Leung. “High End European style hardware, a face flange frame option, as well as custom installation trim and panning accessories ensure this product line stands out from the crowd.” Other Crystal products recognized by the industry in 2016 include the popular residential Series 200 vinyl window line. Another leading trade publication, Window & Door Magazine, highlighted the Crystal Series 200 in its October 2016 Energy Efficiency feature and its June/July 2016 Windows on Display showcase. US Glass Magazine is the most widely read architectural glass industry magazine and is the official publication of the Glass Association of North America (GANA). The magazine is offered monthly in print and online, with additional special issues during the year. US Glass also provides a daily email news service to subscribers, with the latest industry news, product information, and commentary and observations of leading industry experts.

### Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the top 35 manufacturers in North America of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum window and door products and high-end fenestration systems. Crystal offers a full product line, rapid order-to-delivery times, quality workmanship, innovative product features, outstanding value, and an experienced and knowledgeable staff. Headquartered in New York, the company operates a national network of factories, branches, subsidiaries and affiliates in California, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, and a new large Pennsylvania facility. For further information about Crystal and its products, call 718-961-7300, or visit the website at www.crystalwindows.com.

Crystal Windows Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Year Celebration

FLUSHING, NY, November 3, 2014 – Crystal Window & Door Systems announced today the start of its 25th Anniversary celebration year. Launched in May 1990, the vinyl and aluminum window and door manufacturer has grown from very humble beginnings in a New York City garage into one of the largest fenestration manufacturers in the nation.

Crystal Windows Honored by Building Association

-Manufacturer’s Dedication to Construction Industry Recognized-

FLUSHING, NY, December 9, 2015 – Closing out its 25th Anniversary year, national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems was honored at a gala awards dinner for its dedication to the construction industry by the Queens & Bronx Building Association (QBBA). Headquartered in the New York City borough of Queens, Crystal Windows has supplied thousands of construction projects throughout the metropolitan area over the past quarter century and counts many of its fellow QBBA members among its customers.

“This award from the Queens & Bronx Building Association is truly an honor,” said Steve Chen during his award acceptance remarks. “We are proud to play a role in the construction industry, which is a critical component of the economy of our city, by supplying American made energy efficient vinyl and aluminum windows and doors for every type of building.” Chen noted that several of the projects earning awards at the QBBA event used Crystal windows, including luxury 40-story highrise apartment property Bklyn/Air and 143-unit apartment building Macedonia Plaza. “Other recent notable projects Crystal has supplied in New York are the new and tallest Holiday Inn in the world in Manhattan’s Financial District and the expansive Glen Oaks Village 20,000 window replacement project in Queens,” said Chen.

“”The QBBA honor for Crystal Windows caps what has been a momentous 25th Anniversary year for the company,” said Chen. “During 2015, Crystal hosted several major gala Anniversary celebrations for its employees and top customers, its products and executives have been featured in several local and national TV shows, and we premiered an outstanding corporate promotional video that has gone on to win two national awards. Most recently, Crystal has acquired a large major new production facility and property in Northeast Pennsylvania as part of our national expansion plan. When this facility comes on line early next year, it will give us much needed expanded production capacity to grow and meet the demands of our customers here and across the nation for years to come.”

The Queens & Bronx Building Association Awards were presented at the well-attended Annual Building Awards and Holiday Party on December 5, 2015 at Douglaston Manor. In addition to Crystal Windows being honored, Architect Gino Longo was named Associate of the Year. Awards were presented to QBBA member firms in several new construction and renovation categories, recognizing the architects, builders, developers and suppliers who make the built environment of New York truly noteworthy. QBBA is the local chapter of the New York State Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders.

Crystal Windows Pennsylvania Celebrates First Anniversary

Manufacturer Now Employs 49 Workers and Plans Hundreds More-

BENTON TOWNSHIP, PA, October 6, 2016 – Coinciding with National Manufacturing Week, Crystal Window & Door Systems 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. Over 75 guests including members of the local business community, government officials, suppliers and trade customers gathered at the large 336,000-ft2 facility in Lackawanna County to learn of the manufacturer’s plans for future expansion and to tour the facility. The Crystal event was covered by local TV news.

“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,” said 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-ft2 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 windows and doors have been made at the location since production began in February. Crystal also reported that in the first nine months since the property was purchased, the company has expended over $1 million on renovation construction, new production equipment, materials, services, employee labor, and other items. This has been a huge regional economic stimulus since the company estimates that over 50% was expended locally (within 50 miles of the factory) and another ⅓ in other areas of Pennsylvania.

Guests at the Open House listened as Steve Chen and company executives presented plans for further renovation and fit-out of the rest of the building. “Over the next five years, all of Crystal’s 20 product lines will be made at this plant, from start to finish,” said Chen. “This includes extruding the aluminum and vinyl profiles, painting and finishing them, and fabricating the insulated glass units for the windows and doors. 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.”

Robert Durkin, President of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, in his address to the Open House guests said, “We are pleased to see the progress made by the Crystal team in establishing their base operations here at the Benton facility. We look forward to working with all parties as further capital investments allow the company and our community to realize the full job creating potential of this project.”

The Chairman of the Benton Township Board of Supervisors, Larry Seymour, also spoke, commending Crystal’s plans to grow carefully, with investments and hiring determined by sales and demand.

Final speaker Pennsylvania Senator John Blake congratulated Crystal founder Thomas Chen and COO Steve Chen on the vision and entrepreneurial spirit that has made Crystal a national manufacturer from a small start-up company over 25 years ago. The Senator expressed gratitude for Crystal locating in northeastern Pennsylvania and he looked forward to continued expansion, investment and hiring.

After a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, guests toured the factory floor to see windows and doors being assembled, and then got a sneak peak at the expansive unfinished space that will house the future operations.

Throughout the day, many of Crystal’s window dealer, installer and building products trade customers from the region continued to visit and tour the factory. “This is a great opportunity for our customers to see how committed we are to providing quality energy efficient products and keeping order lead times to a minimum. With the huge additional production capacity this facility has added and will continue to add to our national manufacturing capabilities, and the investments we are making for the long term, we will be able to serve our growing customer base well into the future,” said Chen.