Benton Township manufacturing company moving forward with expansion plans

Crystal Window & Door Systems is marking its first anniversary this week

BENTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - It has been exactly one year since a New York City-based manufacturer decided to expand by buying an empty warehouse in Lackawanna County.

Over that time, Crystal Window & Door Systems has already started production, hired dozens of people and is already planning to expand even more.

When Crystal Windows bought their facility, it had been empty for years. Many people know it as the old Owens Corning Plant.

Located directly off Interstate 81, company officials told Eyewitness News more about their future expansion plans which could bring in hundreds more jobs.

Earlier this year, the company began making vinyl and aluminum windows in Benton Township, hiring 49 people so far.

"I love working with the people here. I love the management. The job is actually great," employee Roy Phillips said.

As officials cut the ribbon for the company's first anniversary, they are already planning to grow.

Over the next five years, the company will renovate the entire 336,000 square foot facility, bringing in new equipment and hiring as many as 350 to 400 employees when everything is finished.

"Instead of this being something on the drawing board someplace that some developer is trying to describe, we're talking about on the ground, bricks and mortar where it is actually happening," Larry Seymour, chairman of the Benton Township supervisors said.

Over the next ten years, the company has even bigger goals.

Located just off of Interstate 81, Crystal Windows wants to make Benton Township a destination by attracting other national and international businesses.

"We have 226-acres to work with so the plan is that this will be the anchor tenant for a business park," Crystal Windows spokesman Robert Nyman said.

With the two major presidential candidates focused on keeping jobs in America, workers at this manufacturing plant say this family-run business is providing them job security and they look forward to the future expansion.

"It's really exciting. I can't wait to see all the new stuff coming in," employee Kasey Davis said.

It took the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce several years to help bring Crystal Windows to northern Lackawanna County, finding them the right property and establishing a public-private partnership.

Crystal Windows has five other facilities nationwide. Most are located in major cities, like New York City, Chicago and Riverside, California.

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