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City’s largest window manufacturer is not moving out of Queens: CEO

| mchan@queenscourier.com

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The head of the city’s largest window manufacturer is refuting claims the Queens plant will hightail it out of the Big Apple.

Crystal [Window and Door Systems] is not moving,” CEO Steve Chen said. “The company’s headquarters and main production facility in the College Point Corporate Park in Queens will remain where it is for the foreseeable future.”

A news report, in a headline Wednesday, said the glass company was “moving due to city’s high costs.”

To clarify, Crystal officials said the 31-10 Whitestone Expwy. facility would stay the same, but they are considering expanding in Westchester.

“We already have other facilities in Chicago, California and even Missouri. We are just expanding,” said Steven Yu, the company’s marketing manager. “We are looking to add another plant.”

Chen said the company has explored expansion out of state, in the city and in other parts of Queens, but has not yet secured the right industrial site “at a cost effective price.”

“All of these expansion initiatives were intended to increase Crystal’s production capacity and have never been intended to replace the Queens facility,” the Crystal boss said.

The report also tied Chen’s decision not to expand in the city to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to increase minimum wages and mandate paid sick leave benefits.

But Yu said the company’s 380 employees all already earn above the proposed new minimum wage.

“Somehow the story got twisted,” he said.



Mount Sinai Queens hospital CEO honored by the Kiwanis Club

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com


For Caryn Schwab, contentment comes from the knowledge that she is positively impacting her community.

The Mount Sinai Queens hospital CEO was recently named “Woman of the Year” by the Kiwanis Club of Astoria and Long Island City, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in the area.

“As a leader of a community hospital, our work here is enormously important,” said Schwab, who has served as Mount Sinai Queens CEO for 12 years and is also a member of the board of directors of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation and the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “Hundreds of thousands of people depend on us in times of emergency and when they are ill. Having the respect and support of our community, neighbors and partners is something that my team and I have worked hard to earn. To be recognized in this way is an affirmation that we’ve been able to make a difference.”

The Kiwanis Club presents the “Woman of the Year” award to those who have dramatically improved the well-being of the residents of Queens.

“Since 1999, [Schwab] has worked tirelessly to enhance health care service and quality in our community and to improve and expand the facilities and programs at Mount Sinai Queens,” said Donna Furey, president of the Kiwanis Club of Astoria and Long Island City. ”As if that was not enough, she continues to lead efforts to further expand and modernize the facility to better serve the Queens community.”

Mount Sinai Queens is a 235-bed, adult care community hospital located in Long Island City. The staff of nearly 500 physicians primarily serves the residents of western Queens, a task that Schwab does not take lightly.

“Our patients put their trust in us to take the very best care of them when they are most in need,” she said. “Since I arrived at Mount Sinai in 1999, we’ve been working diligently to improve the quality of care, expand programs and upgrade the facilities. We’ve made enormous progress, and there’s more to be done. When I visit patients, and they share their experiences at the Hospital, it makes it very personal. There’s nothing that brings more satisfaction to me than when a patient shares they are getting excellent care and being treated well.”