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Crystal Window & Door Systems Plans Selma, North Carolina, Production Operations

Crystal Window & Door Systems, a manufacturer of replacement and new construction windows, plans to establish manufacturing operations in Selma, North Carolina. The $83.6 million project is expected to create 501 jobs.

The new Johnston County facility will specialize in aluminum and vinyl extrusion and window and door fabrication, with in-house finishing capabilities such as powder coating paint.

"Crystal Windows started in 1990 from my dream of building my own business," said Thomas Chen, Chairman and Founder of Crystal. "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 project is being supported, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project is estimated to grow the state’s economy by $1.09 billion. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $4,136,250 spread over 12 years.

State payments only occur following performance verification by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets.

“North Carolina’s strategic plan for economic development puts our people first, and putting people first is a win-win for everyone,” noted North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “From the customized training programs we’re known for around the world, to our focus on larger issues that impact workers, such as the availability of affordable childcare, North Carolina is committed to maintaining our workforce as one of the strongest in the world.”

The project’s projected return on investment of public dollars is 81 percent, meaning for every dollar of potential cost to the state, the state receives $1.81 in state revenue. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.

Because Crystal chose a site in Johnston County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 3, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving $1,378,750 into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business. Even when new jobs are created in a Tier 3 county such as Johnston, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities elsewhere in the state.

“With the top workforce in the nation that includes the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast, North Carolina is the perfect place for Crystal Window & Door Systems to establish its next manufacturing facility,” added Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). “Our state’s university and community college systems, workforce development programs and pipeline of talent provide the resources needed to attract companies like Chrystal Window & Door Systems, and we look forward to the positive impact the company will have on Johnston County and North Carolina.”

Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and its Rail Division, Duke Energy, the North Carolina Railroad Company, Norfolk Southern, Johnston County, the Town of Selma, and Johnston County’s Economic Development Office.

Crystal Window & Door Systems builds replacement and new construction vinyl, uPVC, and aluminum window and door products and high-end fenestration systems. The company currently operates factories, branches, subsidiaries, and affiliates in California, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

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