$3.1M Grant Helps Fund New Manufacturing Facility

Crystal Windows Dallas Sales and Distribution Branch Office
Crystal Windows Dallas Sales and Distribution Branch Office | Image by Crystal Window & Outdoor

Gov. Greg Abbott has announced plans to build a new two-building campus for Crystal Window and Door Systems to set up shop in Mansfield.

With the help of a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) taxpayer grant of over $3.1 million, the project is expected to create 504 new jobs in the Mansfield area and more than $121 million in capital investment, according to the governor’s press release.

“When choosing where to locate or expand their businesses, more and more innovative industry leaders choose Texas. This new advanced manufacturing facility and regional headquarters will bring hundreds of good-paying jobs for hardworking Texans in Mansfield and millions in capital investment to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I look forward to celebrating continued success for Crystal Window and Door Systems as we work together to build a bigger, better Texas for decades to come,” Abbott said in the press release.

Crystal Window and Door Systems TX, LTD is a new sales and distribution branch of a New York-based company of the same name. Company chair Thomas Chen launched Crystal Window and Door Systems in 1990 as a modest commercial operation. It now has five production facilities, and its products can be seen on the facades of  “some of the most notable buildings throughout the nation,” he said in the news release.

TEF grants have helped bring several large enterprises to North Texas, including the California-based Boingo Wireless Inc. and the Taiwanese chip manufacturer GlobiTech.

Using this grant and a $15,000 Veteran Created Job Bonus, Crystal Window and Door Systems TX will construct the new manufacturing facility and regional company headquarters at Mansfield in four phases, according to the Fort Worth Report.

The first phase will see the 650,000-square-foot manufacturing facility completed on a 44-acre site west of Highway 287 and east of Justice Lane. No information has been provided about when construction will begin. However, this initial step will involve an investment of $136 million. The second phase of the project will build the regional headquarters.

“Crystal is looking forward to contributing to the Texas economy by adding good-paying jobs, supplying local builders, contractors, and developers with quality products, and engaging local material and service providers,” said the company’s president, Steve Chen.

Rep. David Cook (R-Mansfield) congratulated the company’s move to the area and thanked all those who helped to make it happen:

“It’s been my sincere honor to work with the Chen Family with Crystal Window, Senator Birdwell, Mansfield City Council, and the Mansfield Economic Development Corporation to bring over 500 high-paying jobs and significant capital investment to House District 96. My sincere thanks to Governor Abbott and Economic Development & Tourism Executive Director Adriana Cruz for their steadfast support of fostering an economy where Texas businesses can thrive.”

Mansfield Mayor Michael Evans welcomed Crystal Window and Door Systems to the city and spoke of high hopes for the future.

“They say, ‘When God closes a door, he opens a window,’ but I believe this partnership is a wide open door and window for Mansfield and the state of Texas,” Evans said, according to the press release.

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