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Crystal Windows’ growth

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:00 am

Well, the story wasn’t quite the way the New York Post reported it — surprise, surprise. Crystal Windows and Doors, a major manufacturing success story based in College Point, is not expanding to Westchester County simply because it faces too many government regulations here in the city. At least not for the most part.

The firm, the city’s largest manufacturer of windows and doors, does need to expand but says it probably cannot find all the space it needs in Queens. So it may open a facility in Westchester — as it already has in California, Illinois and Missouri.

The Post story framed the issue as one of overregulation driving a business from the city. It fits the narrative — which to some degree is true — that the new administration’s opinion of entrepreneurship is worrisome. But the story was way overblown. Crystal’s CEO, Steve Chen, said so in a press release issued in response to it. Chen acknowledged that the city “presents unique challenges to doing business,” but no more than that. We do hope no new challenges are added.

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