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New York Lieutenant Governor Visits Crystal Windows Factory

Crystal CEO Thomas Chen meets with NY State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on manufacturing in the region.  Crystal CEO Thomas Chen meets with NY State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on manufacturing in the region. New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited award-winning Crystal Window & Door Systems' Queens, NY headquarters and factory on July 1, 2015.  During the visit, Lieutenant Governor Hochul viewed the factory floor operations, met with Crystal founder and CEO Thomas Chen, and his son Steve Chen, Crystal's COO, and greeted some of the staff.  New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a congratulatory letter on the 25th Anniversary milestone for the window manufacturer, which Lieutenant Governor Hochul presented to the Chens.

During the meeting, Crystal provided an overview of the company's national scope, including Crystal COO Steve Chen shows Hochul the factory operations at the company headquarters in Flushing.Crystal COO Steve Chen shows Hochul the factory operations at the company headquarters in Flushing.some of the economic challenges that New York City-based mid- and large-scale manufacturers face when competing nationally.  This offered Lieutenant Governor Hochul an opportunity to understand in greater detail the needs and goals of manufacturers in this urban region.

"It was a pleasure to meet with Lieutenant Governor Hochul and show her our Queens, NY operation," said Steve Chen.  "We found her attention and thoughtful questions to our challenges quite positive.  She invited us to continue discussions on this with her and others in the Cuomo Administration in the coming weeks, which we certainly plan to do."

Accompanying the Lieutenant Governor on this visit were Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NY State Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, and NY State Senator Toby Stavisky, who helped arrange the Lieutenant Governor's visit.

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