Crystal Windows Honored by “Crain’s New York”

July 11th, 2018 by Editor

Chair Thomas Chen (left) and President Steve Chen at Crystal’s New York headquarters and factory.

Crystal Window & Door Systems was recently recognized by Crain’s New York Business magazine as one of the most notable family businesses in the New York metro area.

Crain’s presented the winners of its inaugural Family Business Awards in its June 25 issue. Crystal was one of 15 family-owned and operated companies selected from a 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.

Winners of the 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.

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 almost 500,000 windows and doors annually, and its products are sold in more than 40 states.

“Learning the business from the ground up from my father made me ready to take the helm,” said Thomas’ son Steve Chen, who joined the firm in 2003 and was named president in March 2018.  “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 chair of Crystal and its subsidiaries, and he focuses on business expansion opportunities as well as cultural foundations he established and other philanthropy.

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