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18A — May 2024 — Owners, Developers & Managers — M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal O wners , D evelopers & M anagers Product lines & equipment added to reduce lead times Crystal expands operations at Northeast PA facility

S CRANTON, PA — Na- tional manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems has expanded operations at its Northeast Pennsylvania facility outside of Scranton with the addition of several Crystal products to the lineup of products fabri- cated there. The expansion allows the company to keep up with demand and keep lead times short. Crystal Win- dows’ new construction Series 300 and Series 400 vinyl windows and the Series 1500 and Series 1600 vinyl sliding patio doors are all now fully assembled at the Scranton factory. These products join the Series 100 vinyl window line, popular with distribu- tor stock programs, and the Series 1240 and 1280 alu- minum patio doors already assembled there. “Crystal Pennsylvania is continuing to grow despite the current industry challenges,” said Steve Chen , president of Crystal Windows. “With our 336,000 s/f facility, we’ve capitalized on the space to add product lines and allow other Crystal plants to focus produc- tion on new heavy commercial

ricated at Crystal PA are shipped directly to job sites and customers throughout the Northeast, MidAtlantic, Southeast, and central Mid- West regions, including major developments in Crystal’s newest markets in Texas, sav- ing shipping costs and time. Longer distance shipments are handled by Crystal’s logistics partner JB Hunt. Shipments in the northeast region are usually handled by Crystal’s own truck fleet. Crystal plans to add more new equipment this year, including vinyl saws, weld- ers, and corner cleaners with associated tooling to handle additional Crystal products. Building improvements, a new rooftop sign, and enhance- ments to employee break areas are also in the works. “The new equipment we have already added here re- cently has improved our oper- ating efficiency and reduced lead times,” said Chen. “Fur- ther improvements this year will continue the trend, and it will allow us to satisfy de- mand even more effectively and improve deliveries to our customers.” MAREJ

Crystal PA factory and window and triple-pane IGU assembly. products for regional markets.” Crystal Pennsylvania (Crys- tal PA) also has expanded its insulated glass unit (IGU) fabrication capabilities. The facility now can produce IGUs with several spacer systems, including GED Intercept and Edgetech SuperSpacer. Pro- duction of triple-pane IGUs has also ramped up signifi- cantly with increased market demand for greater energy effi - ciency. Crystal PA’s automated glass line features highly effi - cient GED and Billco advanced production equipment which can handle large glass panels. Most of the products fab-

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