Crystal Pacific Celebrates Grand Opening
With more than 100 guests in attendance, Crystal Pacific Window & Door Systems celebrated the grand opening of its Riverside, Calif.-factory and corporate headquarters with a ribbon-cutting event on May 2. The new company, which also operates sales and distribution offices in South El Monte and San Diego, produces vinyl windows and doors for markets in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
|Ribon-cutting ceremonies at Crystal-Pacific|
The grand opening event featured welcoming remarks on behalf of the Crystal family of companies by Steve Chen, executive vice president and son of company owner and founder Thomas Chen. Other speakers included Riverside City Councilmember Mike Gardner and Riverside Chamber of Commerce Chairman Brian Hawley, who respectively presented certificates on behalf of Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge and U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert.
The new Crystal Pacific facility is “not just the opening of another run-of-the-mill business,” said Steve Chen, during his remarks. "A major new factory and business venture is especially significant in light of the continued poor national economy and the still-struggling fenestration industry. For this successful East Coast manufacturer to put a several million dollar stake in the ground to produce windows for the remodeling and new construction markets is a signal that the real estate, construction and building materials industries in the region are on the upswing.”
“While other window manufacturers continue to close factories and curtail operations, I’m extremely pleased that Crystal can announce expansion, growth and job creation,” added Thomas Chen.
|Crystal's Thomas Chen, left, was given a certificate of recognition from Riverside City Council Member Mike Gardner.|
Housed in a 116,000-square-foot industrial building, the Crystal Pacific factory currently employs about 30 workers. Guests at the opening event, including home improvement contractors, builders, building product distributors and suppliers, saw demonstrations of vinyl window production using the Crystal Pacific's state-of-the-art automated welding, corner cleaning and IG fabrication equipment.
Crystal Pacific owner and founder Thomas Chen also owns Crystal Window & Door Systems. Based in New York City, the company operates vinyl and aluminum window production and aluminum extrusion facilities in New York, Chicago and the St. Louis area. The affiliated companies now employ approximately 600 people nationally.