BENTON TOWNSHIP, PA - Hundreds of new jobs could soon be coming to Lackawanna County.
One of the country's fastest growing window and door system manufacturers is expanding into northeastern Pennsylvania.
Crystal Window & Door Systems is currently headquartered in Flushing, New York.
The company recently purchased a 226-acre property in Benton Township.
Their first production equipment is expected to arrive next week and company owners are hoping to start making windows in Lackawanna County by January or February.
Sitting about a mile off Interstate 81, the old Owens-Corning Plant on Franklin Valley Road in Benton Township has been empty for years.
It will soon be coming back to life.
The owners of Crystal Window & Door Systems just paid $5 million for the property.
"We're talking about 300-350 jobs in the very short, near future with the opportunity of over 500 jobs as they continue to develop," Bob Durkin, President of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce said.
After two years of trying to hammer out a deal, Thomas and Steve Chen finally decided to bring their family owned business to Lackawanna County.
The Chen brothers say it is because of the work force here and the easy access to the interstate system.
"The proximity to New York City, to Boston, to Buffalo, down to Philadelphia and DC," Steve Chen, Crystal Windows Chief Operating Officer said.
Crystal Windows also has manufacturing facilities in Queens, Chicago, near St. Louis and when the one in Benton Township is up and running, it will be the company's largest site.
For people in Benton Township, they're thrilled the empty property is coming back to life.
"Every time we drive by that facility and now it's been over ten years that no one has really been utilizing it, it's just a feeling that it's not right," Benton Township supervisor Larry Seymour said.
"Manufacturing is how you create wealth!" Congressman Matt Cartwright said.
Right off the bat, Crystal Windows is hoping to capitalize on the closure of BAE Systems in Jessup.
Crystal Windows is looking to possibly hire some of the manufacturing workers slated to lose their jobs.
"When one door closes, another one opens and we wanted to make sure there are opportunities that when they close down, we create opportunities for them also," Steve Chen said.
Crystal Windows is already thinking five and ten years down the road.
Owners already want to double the size of the current building at the site and would even like to see a multi-facility industrial and corporate park created in Benton Township.