Pennsylvania Awards and Rankings

Around the world, prestigious business publications, and organizations recognize Pennsylvania as the state to do business.

Pennsylvania Awards and Rankings

The following list captures just some of the recent recognition, awards, and rankings that have been earned by the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is a game-changer state, read more about some of our most successful projects.

2016 CiCi Awards: Community Impact

Crystal Window and Door Systems in Lackawanna County, was recognized as a 2016 CiCi Awards recipient in the category of Community Impact with a $33 million dollar private investment and the creation of 231 new jobs.

2016 CiCi Award WinnersThey say when one door closes, another opens. That’s certainly true in Benton Township, Pennsylvania. Crystal Window and Door Systems recently acquired a 226-acre property in northeastern Pennsylvania that was formerly owned by Owens Corning Glass. It’s developing the 336,500 square-foot facility to produce aluminum windows and has already created more than 230 new jobs. Because the facility where Crystal manufactures its products had sat vacant for several years, the venture is a tremendous boost to Lackawanna County and the entire northeastern Pennsylvania region. New York-headquartered Crystal Window and Door Systems is a leading manufacturer of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum window and door products. The company had a highly aggressive development plan for this Benton Township facility. It announced the acquisition of the property in October, 2015 with expectations to begin manufacturing there by February, 2016. Crystal eventually plans to double its size to more than 500,000 square feet to house all of its 20 product lines and produce more than 400,000 units per year. The company came to Pennsylvania through the efforts of Irene Tsai, Pennsylvania’s representative in Taiwan and Crystal Window’s CEO, Thomas Chen. Chen looked at a number of sites across the country and around Pennsylvania before choosing the Scranton-area site. The logistics of northeast Pennsylvania — with its relative low cost and close proximity to New York City — make Scranton the perfect choice for Crystal Window and Door Systems because it sells its products in all the major metropolitan areas of the East Coast. “We are excited to expand in northeastern Pennsylvania. Crystal has many customers and now business friends in the region, and we know the potential for manufacturing expansion here is terrific. We’re looking forward to being an important part of the northeastern Pennsylvania business community,” said Thomas Chen, Crystal founder and CEO.

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SBA State Trade and Export Promotion Grant 2015
2015 Bond Buyer’s “Deal of the Year” award for the Northeast Region for Bridges Replacement Project
Global Free Zones of the Year 2015
2015 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development
IEDC Silver Award for Responding to Globalization – 2015
Winner of 2014 President’s E*Star Award for Exporting Services – 2015
Winner of 2014 FDI Destination of the Future for Energy Intensive Industries
Winner of President’s "E" Award for Exporting Services – 2011
Site Selection recognizes PA as #1 in new and expansion projects in the Northeast
Energy Program Recognized by Business Facilities 2015 Economic Development Award
Philly Ranks 6th in Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Clusters
PA Ranks 3rd in several key Biotech & Clean Energy categories
PA Earns Bronze- Deal of the Year 2014
PA ranks 6th in U.S. for attracting private investment in clean energy
PA 3rd in U.S. For Private Equity Investment
Silver Shovel Award (2014)
Governor’s Cup (2013): #1 in NorthEast
Silver Shovel Award (2013)
Trade and Industry Development CiCi Award (2013)
PA ranked #1 in 2013 for Issuance of Industrial Development Bonds
National Venture Capital Association Top 15 Cities for Tech Startup Investments (2013)
#5 for Life Sciences Cluster Report (2013)
#7 for Tech Employment (2013)
MarketWatch Top Cities for Business Growth (2013)
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