Category Archives: Local Company

Manufacturing Day Highlight: SOLO Labs

By JENNIFER HETRICK SOLO Laboratories Inc. in Kutztown is not only about healthy and corrective options for feet, it also has a parallel approach with the environment. The custom orthotics manufacturer opened in 1983, with SOLO an acronym for “Serve Others, Love Others.” In recent years, this has translated not only to people’s well-being while  Continue Reading »

Berks refiner is Pa.’s shining example of safety

Keeping workers safe helps a company make more money, say the safety chief and union boss for Global Advanced Metals, a rare-metals plant near Boyertown. Share Facebook Twitter Linkedin Google+ Pinterest email

Splits or shells: Everything sells at award-winning bakery

The snack that made Unique Pretzel Bakery live up to its name happened by accident. William P. Spannuth let one batch at his Reading bakery sit too long. When baked, the pretzels split. “Being Pennsylvania Dutch and just being thrifty and not wanting to throw anything away, he sold them anyway,” Spannuth’s grandson Justin said.  Continue Reading »

The Perfect Fit GK Elite creates outfits for Olympic team

Reading company, GK Elite, creates outfits for U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team. A division of Elite Sportswear LP, a privately held company headquartered in Reading, GK Elite is the world’s leading women’s and men’s gymnastics and cheerleading apparel designer and manufacturer. Its sportswear is distributed in nearly 40 countries and has been worn by international  Continue Reading »

Made in Greater Reading: Esteemed Icons of History

Did you know that Greater Reading is home to a company that manufactures “esteemed icons of history”? Penncraft Enterprises manufactures, in miniature, authentic replicas of American history that date back 280 years to America’s colonial era. Penncraft sells its items, wholesale only, to historic sites & organizations, gift shops and trophy companies throughout the USA.  Continue Reading »

East Penn Manufacturing opens new plant, to add up to 400 jobs

By Wendy Solomon | LVB Two years after it broke ground for construction, East Penn Manufacturing opened a new $150 million plant at its sprawling facility in Lyons that could add up to 400 jobs when fully operational, company officials said. East Penn, one of the world’s largest battery makers, is Berks County’s largest employer  Continue Reading »

Berks County manufacturing company makes wood products with butcher block

Written by: Brad Rhen | Reading Eagle First things first: Bally Block Co. does not make cement blocks. The eastern Berks County manufacturing company makes wood products with butcher block, which is strips of hardwood glued together. “A lot of people think we manufacture cinder (cement) blocks here, but it is a woodworking company,” said  Continue Reading »


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