Crystal’s Chicago Factory Opens its Doors to Guests

October 31st, 2013 by DWM Magazine
John Daley, Cook County Commissioner (left), with Crystal's Frank Ganninger.

John Daley, Cook County Commissioner (left), with Crystal’s Frank Ganninger.

Attendees of Fenestration Day, being held today in Schaumburg, Ill., attended a tour of Crystal Window and Door’s Chicago factory yesterday. The window manufacturer opened its doors to show attendees, along with other guests including Cook County Commissioner John Daley.

Frank Ganninger, regional sales manager, showed how the company makes its vinyl and aluminum windows, the latter of which he described as their niche market. The company produces more than 400,000 units annually, 65 percent of which are commercial and 35 percent are residential. The company has more than 450,000 square feet total of space in all its facilities, including its plant in Queens, N.Y.

He also was proud to point out that everything is “Made in the USA” and the company extrudes all of its aluminum and vinyl.

“There is very little we outsource so we control our lead times,” says Ganninger. 

Crystal Window and Door even has its own testing facility in New York. The company builds 16 different product lines and makes its own IG units.

And Ganninger says 2014 is projected as a banner year. He expects $65 million in sales for 2013.

A Crystal employee at work on a window line.

A Crystal employee at work on a window line.

“We are in 35 states and expect that to keep growing,” he says. “Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi are the most recent states we entered and we did two million in Texas this year and will double that in 2014.”

“Every penny we have is invested back into the company,” he adds. “We are coming out with an online quoting system which is a $2 million investment.”

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