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Window and door manufacturer plans 500 jobs in Johnston County

A Flushing, New York-based window and door manufacturer plans to build a Johnston County plant that will employ 500 workers, according to the state.

Crystal Window & Door Systems plans to invest $83.6 million in a Selma plant that will specialize in aluminum and vinyl extrusion and window and door fabrication.

The project received a $4.1 million, 12-year Job Development Incentive Grant approved by state officials. Receiving the incentives hinges on meeting job and investment targets. The expansion is estimated to grow the state’s economy by $1.09 billion, and provide an 81% return on investment of public dollars. That means for every dollar of potential cost, the state expects to receive $1.81 in revenue.

“Crystal Windows started in 1990 from my dream of building my own business,” said company founder Thomas Chen in a release. “With hard work and perseverance, Crystal is now a national manufacturer that continues to grow. Our expansion to North Carolina is a terrific next phase of that growth.”

The company has other plants in Benton, Pennsylvania; Chicago; Riverside, California; and Union, Missouri; as well as its main plant in Queens, New York. Chen’s son Steve is now president.

The average salary at the Crystal Windows facility will be $56,061. The current average wage in Johnston County is $50,605.

Because Crystal chose a site in Johnston County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 3, the agreement also calls for moving $1.38 million into the state’s Industrial Development Fund utility account.

Chris Roush
Chris Roush
Chris Roush is executive editor of Business North Carolina. He can be reached at

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