High Construction gets $2.5M contract to build expanded Trop Elite gun store, firing range
By Jason Scott, May 07. 2013
East Lampeter Township-based High Construction Co. has been awarded a $2.5 million contract to transform a 35,000-square-foot vacant building in Mount Joy Township into a much larger retail facility and firing range for Trop Elite Equipment.
Trop, which is based in Mount Joy Township, will move from 709 Cloverleaf Road to 910 N. Hanover St. Its current facility is about 8,000 square feet, said Kris Hurley, director of operations.
Demolition of the existing interior space will begin this month. An August opening of the retail space is planned, according to a company news release. The remaining construction will wrap up by the end of the year, according to High.
The indoor firing range — complete with environmentally friendly air-filtration and Savage systems — will feature 12 shooting lanes. Trop will offer a membership club.
The facility also will house a gunsmith area, gaming room attached to the retail store, kitchen, espresso bar and lounge with a fireplace, a gym and fitness area and administrative offices.
Chambers & Associates, based in Manheim, designed the facility.
SCHAEDLER YESCO PLANS NEW LOCATION IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA
HARRISBURG, PA – Schaedler Yesco Distribution, Inc. (SYD), a leading distributor of electrical, lighting, datacomm, and automation products, has announced its plans to open a new location in Meadow Lands, PA approximately 25 miles south of Pittsburgh. The Washington County store is expected to open early summer 2013 and will complement existing Western PA branches in Pittsburgh, Indiana, DuBois, and St. Marys.
SYD continues to make significant strides in Western PA through its ever-growing contractor relationships, best-in-class service, and ongoing developments relating to Marcellus Shale Gas extraction. The new location will offer a 19,000 sq.ft. open-floor, counter/warehouse combination floor plan and will include an abundance of products from industry-leading manufacturers.
“The opening of the Meadow Lands location is an important step in matching the needs of our customers with our expansion goals in Western Pennsylvania,” said Matt Brnik, President. “This location will be the first of many positive advancements for the company in 2013. We are expanding into new territories and markets as we continue to listen to what our customers want and go where they need us to go.”
Like every Schaedler Yesco location, Meadow Lands will be staffed with on-site sales personnel committed to providing first-class customer service as well as knowledgeable and creative solutions.
Founded in 1924, Schaedler Yesco is the largest independent electrical distributor headquartered in Central PA and provides quality electrical, lighting, automation, and datacomm products to Contractor, Commercial, Industrial, OEM, and Government customers. Schaedler Yesco has locations in Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Chambersburg, Williamsport, State College, Pocono, New Oxford, St. Marys, Indiana, Towanda, DuBois, Scranton, Wilkes Barre, and Pittsburgh. For more information, visit www.sydist.com. For PR photos and to view this release online, go to www.sydist.com/NewLocationMeadowLands
Elizabethtown College survey: Family-owned businesses not optimistic
Heather Stauffer April 03. 2013
The majority of family businesses are not optimistic about the future, according to the second annual family business survey conducted by the business department at Elizabethtown College and The S. Dale High Center for Family Business.
The survey garnered responses from 278 business representatives, most of them senior leadership or owners and many in agriculture. On average, the businesses are 43 years old and employ 51 full-time equivalent workers. However, 81 percent employ fewer than 10 employees. Only 17 percent report being somewhat or very optimistic about the future of the U.S. economy, and that pessimism extends to their own businesses. Only 11 percent plan to hire more employees in the next year, and 87 percent do not plan to expand the business beyond core products or services. A third expect their net income to increase, and more than a third plan to increase their prices. Fifteen percent plan to to take on more debt. The businesses reported that their biggest external challenges were government regulations (55 percent), taxes (43 percent), costs of supplies and inventories (41 percent), energy prices (38 percent) and health care costs (35 percent). Internally, succession is a concern for about a third of the respondents, who said the next generation is not interested in owning and managing the family business. However, they did not list lack of family unity or lack of managerial competence in the next generation as important issues. Also, 53 percent do not have any professional human resources practices in place, with only 16 percent conducting formal performance reviews.
High Associates Ltd. wins award
Posted on 12/14/2012 Lancaster Chamber News
High Associates Ltd. recently was named Accredited Management Organization (AMO) of the Year by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). The award is based on the highest level of performance, experience and financial stability among real estate management firms throughout eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. High Associates is a developer of industrial, office, retail and multi-family facilities throughout the eastern United States.
SCHAEDLER YESCO IS RANKED 8 AMONG THE BEST PLACES TO WORK IN PENNSYLVANIA
Harrisburg, (December 6, 2012) – Schaedler Yesco Distribution, Inc. (SYD) is pleased to announce that it has placed #8 among the top 29 large employers in the state, according to the thirteenth annual Best Places to Work in PA awards program. SYD also won the award in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2011.
This program evaluates and ranks the best places of employment in the State based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies. The Best Places to Work in PA includes two groups of companies: 71 small/medium-sized firms with 25-249 employees and 29 large-sized companies with 250 employees or more. The top 100 companies were recently honored during an awards ceremony at the Lancaster County Convention Center.
“I am proud of our company and what we stand for. To rank this high in this category is quite an accomplishment. We should all feel very satisfied that when compared to other companies our size we are one of the best!” declares Matt Brnik, President.
Schaedler Yesco Distribution is a leading electrical, lighting, datacomm, and industrial supplies distributor since 1924. Schaedler Yesco has 16 locations throughout Pennsylvania. Learn more about SYD by visiting www.sydist.com
For more information on the Best Places to Work in PA program, visit http://bestcompaniesgroup.com.
High enhances flat-steel line
By Tim Stuhldreher on November 09. 2012
HighSL processing at High Steel Service Center in Lancaster County begins with uncoiling and feeding material through a straightener into the roller levelers. The line can process 150,000 tons of steel per year, according to High. Photo/Submitted
High Steel Service Center’s new “HighSL” line of stretcher-leveled sheet and plate steel is as flat as steel can be. High has added a system that removes all internal stresses from the material, so it will not buckle or warp during high-precision laser cutting.
High, part of the privately held The High Cos. group based in Lancaster County, invested $10 million on equipment to process the HighSL steel at its site in Manheim Township. The machinery came fully online in July.
“It’s the first of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic,” spokesman David Nicholas said.
The gear consists mainly of two roller levelers made by The Bradbury Co., a Kansas company, and a stretcher leveler produced by Illinois-based Red Bud Industries. The system is unique in the U.S.; the nearest comparable facility is in Cleveland, Nicholas said.
The line can process 150,000 tons of steel per year, he said. High Steel Service Center expects that about half the steel it ships in 2013 will undergo the de-stressing process, he said.
Michael Smeltzer, executive director of the Manufacturers’ Association of South Central Pennsylvania, called High’s $10 million decision “a significant investment.”
“I applaud High for making that happen,” he said.
As part of the HighSL rollout, High Steel Service Center doubled its delivery radius for coiled steel from four to eight hours’ travel time. Besides Pennsylvania, High’s trucks, owned and operated by affiliate High Transit, serve customers in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia.
Panel steel is used in a wide variety of applications, Nicholas said: Vehicles, trailers, farm machinery, equipment housings and more.
High’s market research found a significant demand for steel that would remain completely flat throughout fabrication, Nicholas said.
Panel steel typically is coiled for shipping, which can introduce stresses into the material. When stressed steel is cut, it can become deformed as the stresses resolve.
To deal with that, and to achieve the accuracy they need, companies have to put material through additional processes, Smeltzer said. When there is no warping in the first place, the secondary processes can be eliminated, saving time and money, he said.
Customers consider flatness and stress removal their No. 1 problem, High Steel Service Center President Rick Bennett said in a statement.
“Customers have confirmed that this is the flattest material they have ever received. … Most importantly, they have confirmed that it absolutely reduces their operating costs,” he said.
High declined to provide clients names. Many prefer to keep their use of stretcher-leveled steel a trade secret, Nicholas said.
HighSL comes in thicknesses from 16 gauge — about six-hundredths of an inch — up to one-half inch. Sheets can be up to 6 feet wide and 40 feet long, High said.
High said it is marketing the steel to “direct customers, other steel service centers, and the spot market.”
High Steel Service Center employs 65 workers and about 15 High Transit truck drivers, depending on delivery volume, Nicholas said.
The company has not added jobs due to HighSL steel so far, but “our planned growth will create additional opportunities,” he said.
High makes management changes
High Steel Service Center is a subsidiary of High Industries Inc., which in turn is one of the two main components of The High Cos., Lancaster County’s largest privately held organization.
The other is High Real Estate Group. A smaller third component, High Co., provides business support functions to the other two.
This summer, The High Cos. announced a new senior management structure. Nevin Cooley became CEO of The High Cos.; Mark Fitzgerald became president and chief operating officer of High Real Estate Group; and Jeffrey Sterner became president and COO of High Industries Inc.
All three men are seasoned High Cos. executives. Cooley was most recently president and CEO of High Real Estate Group; Fitzgerald was president and COO of High Associates Ltd.; and Sterner was president of High Steel Structures Inc. and remains interim president.
The changes returned The High Cos. to the organizational structure they had up to 2005, Cooley said. That year, S. Dale High stepped down as CEO of the companies to become chairman of the High Real Estate Group and High Industries boards. The CEO position was not filled; instead, the COO positions atop High Real Estate Group and High Industries were reconceived as CEO positions.
As time passed, High organization’s owners decided greater management coordination was needed and reinstated the CEO position, Cooley said. That goes along with the move, two years ago, to have the same membership on both boards, he said.
High Cos. will maintain High Industries and High Real Estate Group as separate holding companies, a decision driven by “estate planning and other objectives,” Cooley said. He declined to elaborate.
The High Cos. employ more than 2,100 people, including nearly 1,900 in the midstate. The companies had revenue of $523 million in 2011, according to Business Journal records.
Martin’s selling Gibble’s to focus on bakery business
By Jim T. Ryan, Central Penn Business Journal, November 5, 2012
Chambersburg-based Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc., the maker of Martin’s Potato Rolls, said today it has an agreement to sell its snack-food division Nibble with Gibble’s to Berks County businessman Eldon Dieffenbach.
Martin’s wants to focus more on its bakery products including breads and rolls, so selling the snack-food business was a good move at this time, said Scott Heintzelman, vice president of finance and administration. Bakery products represent about 95 percent of the company’s business, he said.
The Gibble’s brand employs about 30 people making various snack foods, including potato chips, popcorn, pretzels and air-puffed cheese snacks. Martin’s will cease Gibble’s operation Nov. 30. Dieffenbach is expected to rehire the employees to continue making the Gibble’s brands shortly after that, Heintzelman said.
The deal is expected to close Dec. 1, he said. The company is not disclosing the sale price.
Dieffenbach and his family own Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips Inc., based in Womelsdorf, Pa. He managed day-to-day operations of the chip company with his brother Nevin until 2006.
Dieffenbach has been building a diverse group of company holdings over the years, including electrical contractors Blatt & Myers Inc. based in Myerstown, Lebanon County; reclaimed and recycled wood company Keystone Vintage Lumber based in Lebanon; and dGroup Information Technology Inc. in Myerstown. He did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the deal.
Martin’s employs 450 people, most in its Chambersburg factory and some in its Valdosta, Ga., factory. The company distributes its products along the East Coast and in Chicago. Martin’s plans to continue growing its bakery segment with expansion to Texas markets as its next possible move, Heintzelman said.
Schaedler Yesco’s New Kensington and Pittsburgh Branches have merged into one location
Schaedler Yesco is pleased to announce the relocation of its New Kensington and Pittsburgh Branch locations to a new facility located in the Northern RIDC Industrial Park at 640 Alpha Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.
Schaedler Yesco simply outgrew its former buildings and needed additional space for a larger inventory of quality products from manufacturers their customers know and trust.
The new 46,000 square foot facility is conveniently located in O’Hara Township and offers a fully stocked warehouse, a 3,000 square foot showroom with a larger counter area, a will call area, and next day delivery.
As a result of the additional space at the new building, a fixture quotation department was recently established to service various lighting projects. This is just one example of how the new facility will allow SYD to grow for years to come.
Schaedler Yesco Distribution is a leading electrical, lighting, datacomm, andindustrial supplies distributor and has provided service throughout Pennsylvania since 1924. With corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Schaedler Yesco also has locations in York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Chambersburg, Williamsport, Pocono Mountains, Gettysburg, New Oxford, St. Marys, State College, Indiana, Wilkes-Barre, Towanda, DuBois, and Scranton. Learn more about Schaedler Yesco by visiting http://www.sydist.com/.
High Steel Service Center invests $10M to improve its products.
Originally Published Aug 19, 2012 00:06, By PAULA HOLZMAN Correspondent Central Penn Business Journal
When High Steel Service Center asked its customers to name their No. 1 headache, the responses boiled down to one word:
Service centers such as High would sell customers paneled sheets cut out of coiled steel — steel that had been stored as giant, bobbin-like rolls.
The sheets looked flat.
But when customers went to fabricate the steel with lasers, a common practice, the steel would buck and warp.
So High this spring spent almost $10 million on equipment specifically designed to ensure that panels of its coiled steel remain smooth.
Now, when service center president Richard Bennett says High’s product is flat, he means it.
And flat steel is big business.
“We’ll be easily able to double our volume (because of the new equipment),” Bennett said.
He declined to specify the 400 Steel Way service center’s current volume.
But Bennett said he anticipates reaching its annual capacity of approximately 150,000 tons by 2016, thanks in large part to the new investment.
About half of the service center’s production will go through the new equipment, known as the stretcher leveler line, purchased from Red Bud Industries, and two roller levelers, purchased from Bradbury.
The new approach will allow High to expand its geographic market from roughly four hours in any direction to eight hours in any direction.
By doing so, it will be adding New Jersey, New York, Virginia and western Pennsylvania to its market, he said.
High’s reach will grow because customers beyond that four-hour radius aren’t able to obtain this type of steel from other providers.
With new demand, High expects to add to its 63-employee work force.
But how many new hires, and where they will be added, depends on the rate and type of growth, Bennett said.
So what, exactly, did High buy?
A stretcher leveler mechanically stretches and releases the steel to eliminate internal stresses.
That means, when the customer gets the steel and fabricates it, there’s no bottled-up stress being released.
And no warping. Problem solved.
The stretcher leveler is joined by two in-line roller levelers.
There are “tens of thousands” of potential end uses for the coiled steel that High cuts to customer-specified size and shape.
These include truck floors, tractor hoods and tractor doors, Bennett said.
“Whatever (customers) make out of the metal, ultimately it would be a flatter product,” he said.
Processing steel with a stretcher leveler is standard in the Midwest and South.
But no other firm in the mid-Atlantic or Northeast regions is using it, Bennett said.
And High is the only one in the country to have its particular combination of technology, he said.
The company is even going so far as to brand the resulting product as HIGHSL (for stretcher-leveler) — an action that may be unique in the industry — and anticipates selling it to other steel service centers.
Flatter steel translates into quicker, higher-quality welding, bending and assembly of end products, according to High.
HIGHSL is more expensive up front, but the extra cost is offset by the aforementioned savings in productivity and improved quality, Bennett said.
Bennett declined to specify the cost difference of HIGHSL, except to say it’s nominal.
On the market for one month, HIGHSL has been getting a warm reception from customers, Bennett said.
“Customer feedback and response has been extremely positive,” he said.
“We are reducing their operating costs. We are improving their finished product quality, we are providing them a product that is not available from any other service center in our market.”
High declined to provide names of its HIGHSL customers to comment on the new product, saying the customers’ media policies prohibited them from speaking to the press.
High Steel Service Center, part of The High Companies, was founded in 1978.
It’s a full-line metal processor and distributor, offering carbon steel, aluminum flat rolled and stainless steel products.
The service center provides value-added processing that includes leveling, precision blanking, slitting, shearing and sawing.
High Steel Service Center is separate from High Steel Structures, also part of The High Companies.
High Steel Structures, based on Old Philadelphia Pike, fabricates and erects steel girders for bridges and buildings.
Author Franco Lombardo presents September 20 at Elizabethtown College
‘The Emotional Side of Money and its Impact on Families of Wealth’ subject of talk by expert on psychology of money
ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (08/16/2012 — Franco Lombardo, author and leading expert on the issue of the psychology of money and how it affects family interaction and wealth legacy, presents an intriguing topic September 20 at Elizabethtown College. He’ll speak about “The Emotional Side of Money and its Impact on Families of Wealth” Thursday, September 20, 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall. Sponsored by the S. Dale High Center for Family Business, the event features a complimentary breakfast at 7:30; Lombardo’s formal remarks begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by a question and answer forum. Call 717-361-1275 or email email@example.com to register.
Presenter, speaker and author Franco Lombardo is renowned as a coach of some of North America’s wealthiest families. Combining more than two decades of training in personal growth and his extensive experience as a wealth advisor, Lombardo developed an investigative process that allows individuals to understand the relationship between themselves and their wealth. The process, called “Life After Wealth” has served as a platform for Lombardo’s three books; “Life After Wealth: When is Enough, Enough?”, “Money Motto, The Path to Authentic Wealth” and his newest title, “The Great White Elephant: Why Rich Kids Hate Their Parents.”
This most recently released book provides insight to families struggling with the complicated and often emotionally charged process of wealth transition to the next generation. In it, Lombardo explains why it is that 70% of businesses fail when passed from the first to second generation, and explores how families properly can handle all the negative emotions often associated with wealth.
Michael McGrann, executive director of the S. Dale High Center for Family Business, had this to say about Lombardo’s book: “‘Why Rich Kids Hate Their Parents’ is a provocative title fit for a book that challenges parents and their successors, as well as advisors in the most caring way to think dramatically differently about succession and wealth management. If you have wealth and successors to inherit your fortune, Lombardo’s message is one that deserves your attention. Wealth transition is not something you simply check off your list. It’s a lifelong journey requiring introspection and hard work and this book is a road map on how to accomplish that.”
Curiosity takes piece of York County to Mars
CHRISTINA KAUFFMAN / The York Dispatch / August 7, 2012
Newberry Township, meet Mars.
When the $2.5 billion NASA rover Curiosity stuck its landing on Mars Sunday, thousands of pieces of York County had made the eight-month, 352 million-mile trip.
The 44 employees at Newberry-based Die-Tech Inc. designed and manufactured numerous pieces for the six-wheeled roving laboratory, though they didn’t know it at the time, said PK Dennis, marketing manager.
Does the idea of a scenic fall cruise with other C-Level executives appeal to you? If so, one of our new members, High Center member Travel Time & Bailey Travel, has lined up a 7-night Romantic Danube Cruise from Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – Wednesday, November 07, 2012.
“Over the last two years the Lancaster Chamber has run very successful trips to China,” Shaun explained. “Some of the folks who went on these trips wanted them to be more intimate and more personal. This trip will give people the opportunity to spend time alone, or with small groups of people they know. It’s the first time I have offered this type of trip, restricted to high level business executives. I’m excited about the potential!”
GSM Roofing is giving back by giving away a new roof to a Lancaster County non-profit in need during the 2012 Great Roof Giveaway.
Lancaster County 501(c)(3) organizations whose roof has come to the end of its life cycle are qualified to submit an entry to the GSM Roofing Great Roof Giveaway. The Great Roof Giveaway is valued up to $10,000.
Entering is easy. Simply post an image or video on the GSM Roofing Facebook page showing your building in need of repair. Then fill out the online entry form with a written statement of 200 words or less describing your need for a new roof and how the roof will help you continue serving the Lancaster County Community.
The 2012 Great Roof Giveaway judging panel will conduct a site survey of the top three submissions. The panel will select the winning non-profit based on the results of the site visit, the need and the level of community impact.
Enter the contest May 1, 2012 – July 31, 2012. Winners will be announced on Facebook on August 31, 2012.
No purchase is necessary to win.
Post your photo or video here: http://www.Facebook.com/GSMRoofing
For more information, visit GSM’s website.
Kinsey’s finishes warehouse in Lancaster County
By Holly White, Central Penn Business Journal, April 13, 2012
A Lancaster County retail sporting supplier on Sunday will open a 47,320-square-foot, $2.5 million warehouse.
Kinsey’s Archery Products Inc. in Mount Joy Township, which brands its wholesale business as Kinsey’s Outdoors, will use the space to house inventory for its busy season, Vice President of Operations and Administration Sherri Gorman said.
In the past, the company had rented between 10 and 12 tractor-trailers it used to house its products, she said.
“We wanted to build a permanent facility to expand our product lines and look to expand into other markets,” Gorman said.
The business begins building up inventory in May each year, with its busy season lasting through October, she said.
The warehouse is directly across from Kinsey’s distribution center at 1658 Steel Way Drive. The company sells supplies for archery, fishing, hunting and trapping, according to its website.
Scenic Ridge Construction Co., based in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, was the general contractor on the project.
High Center’s Smart Talk interview: What family-owned businesses can tell us about the economy
Written by Scott LaMar
Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, March 15:
More than 80% of all business organizations in the U.S. are family-owned. Depending on how they’re defined, family owned businesses employ between 27% and 62% of all U.S. workers and contribute 64% to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.
Those numbers may surprise some people who picture a mom- and-pop type small business when they think of an enterprise that is family-owned.
The bottom line is tens of millions of Americans are employed by or are customers of family-owned businesses.
Family-owned businesses are in a good position to tell their stories about what they’re observing in the economy. That’s just what a few dozen Pennsylvania family-owned businesses did recently in a survey conducted for the S. Dale High Family Business Center at Elizabethtown College.
The Family Business Survey found businesses are optimistic about their own prospects but nearly half are pessimistic about the U.S. economy. More than a third plan to hire more workers in the coming year.
On Thursday’s Radio Smart Talk, we’ll zero in on family-owned business and what they can tell us about the economy.
Listen to the program:
New survey shows PA family businesses confident for 2012; family firms to rev up regional economy
(Elizabethtown, PA) — Results from a new regional report, The Family Business Confidence Survey, reveal optimism among family business owners for 2012, according to researchers at the Department of Business and the S. Dale High Center for Family Business at Elizabethtown College.
The survey is the first ever to examine family businesses in PA. It was designed to assess family business confidence in the future from an economic and hiring perspective; to document best practices in succession planning, strategic planning, and human resource management; and to understand how family businesses view and respond to the current economic and regulatory environment.
“This report is unique in several ways,” said Dr. Cristina Ciocirlan, assistant professor of management and project principal. “It is timelier than national- or state-level surveys. It also alerts state policymakers to the specific concerns of family businesses.”
Key findings from the report suggest that two-thirds of the 72 respondents are upbeat about their own prospects, expecting increases in sales revenues and profitability in 2012. More than one-third of family businesses plan to hire more employees next year, while about 40 percent plan to increase their capital expenditures. A majority of respondents plan to increase spending on technology investments and upgrades
Moreover, PA family businesses realize the importance of investing in human capital and innovation. Ninety-seven percent of family firms plan to keep constant or increase their training and development expenses, while a very large number (85 percent) intend to maintain or increase their research & development expenses.
While slightly less than half of family businesses indicated that they are pessimistic about the future of the U.S. economy, they are more confident in their individual ability to grow and prosper
“Family businesses are confident about their future,” said Michael N. McGrann, executive director of the High Center who assisted on the project, “because they have a significant control of their own destiny. In the long term, they have proven themselves to be flexible, more innovative, and more competitive than non-family businesses.”
The report also offers good economic news for customers of family businesses. “Moving forward, they will be buying,” McGrann said. “They are ready to put their money where their mouths are, so to speak.”
Dr. Sanjay Paul, chairman of the Department of Business, was the third scholar working on the project. “Family businesses are of crucial importance to our economy. Yet, they face unique challenges. We hope these findings will help family businesses make timely decisions as well as capture the attention of lawmakers and regulatory agencies,” Paul said.
The report also includes data on the internal challenges and external challenges facing family businesses in addition to ways that PA can make the regulatory environment more business friendly.
In late November and early December 2011, an anonymous survey was emailed to High Center members and other family businesses. Respondents included family businesses from the following PA counties: Lancaster, Dauphin, Allegheny, Luzerne, Indiana, Bucks, and Montgomery. Five interviews were also conducted with randomly selected family businesses.
On average, the age of businesses responding was 50 years, more than two generations have held control or ownership of the business, and they employ 74 full-time equivalent employees.
The 26-page report includes an executive summary and key findings are available in a downloadable report.
For more information, contact the S. Dale High Center at FBC@etown.edu or call 717-361-1275.
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Amelia’s warehouse and headquarters moving to Leola
Intelligencer Journal – Lancaster New Era Feb 07, 2012 21:19 Leola
By TIM MEKEEL, Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting room to grow, Amelia’s Grocery Outlet is moving from New Holland to a larger building in Leola.
The company will relocate its corporate headquarters and warehouse from 120 Orlan Road to the former Super-Dog Pet Food property in April. Amelia’s has signed a 10-year lease on the 43 Graybill Road property, said Amelia’s Mike Mitchell on Tuesday.
“It’s a nice, clean building at a good price,” said Mitchell, president and chief executive officer. “It’s very centrally located from all of our stores and it’s not far from our current location. It’s a bull’s-eye fit for us.”
The move follows the December sale of the 13-store chain to Grocery Outlets Inc., based in Berkeley, Calif., for an undisclosed price. Amelia’s continues to be led by Mitchell and his brother-in-law, Jeff Good, chief operating officer.
Grocery Outlets Inc. prefers to lease facilities, rather than own, keeping corporate dollars free to be invested in operations. The transaction not only aligns Amelia’s with that philosophy, but provides room to expand, noted Mitchell.
The former Super-Dog site is 99,000 square feet. It can be enlarged by 50,000 square feet in the future, if demand warrants. In contrast, the Orlan Road location is 70,000 square feet, which Amelia’s supplements by leasing another 15,000 square feet nearby. In advance of the move, the Orlan Road location has been sold to Fleur De Lait Foods, a New Holland-based cheese company.
According to Mitchell, Amelia’s new home is in “very good shape.” Still, it will require about $400,000 in equipment, mostly for a warehouse racking system. All 40 Amelia’s employees on Orlan Road will transfer the four miles to Graybill Road, he said. That workforce could rise to 60 to 75 as Amelia’s adds stores over the next two or three years.
“This is a great opportunity for Amelia’s and the community. We’re going to continue to build the business. It’s a win for us, our customers and the community,” said Mitchell. Amelia’s is “ramping up its growth plans,” fueled by the financial and inventory-sourcing support of Grocery Outlets, a 160-store chain that posts $1 billion a year in revenue.
Like Amelia’s, Grocery Outlets specializes in finding and retailing brand-name close-out products at deep discounts. Backed by the support of its new owner, Amelia’s is finalizing leases for two more Berks County locations, said Mitchell, as eyes opening four or five new locations a year.
Amelia’s was established in 1989 with two Victor F. Weaver outlet stores purchased from Tyson Foods. It now posts annual revenues of $50 million, up 7 percent in 2011, and employs 380 workers.
Super-Dog closed its Graybill Road location last March, idling 80 workers. The shutdown came after the business was sold to Phillips Feed & Pet Supply and consolidated at Phillips’ Easton headquarters. However, the Graybill Road property remains owned by Super-Dog founder Robert H. Schober. Scott Bradbury of U.S. Commercial Realty handled the lease transaction.
Schaedler Yesco EMPLOYEES ACHIEVE LIGHTING CERTIFICATION
Schaedler Yesco Distribution, Inc. (SYD) is proud to announce that two more of our employees have achieved Lighting Certification from the NCQLP (National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions). Kris Smith, Lighting Specialist, and Chris Lightner, Energy and Design team leader, had to complete and pass a four hour, two section examination to gain this honor. Other SYD employees that have gained certification are Steve Shepps, Construction Solutions Manager, and Kevin McGahey, Lighting Specialist. This makes a total of four SYD employees that have achieved the certification from the NCQLP.
NCQLP was originated in 1991 by the lighting industry. It has been maintained by several government agencies as well as lighting organizations. Over the years, the Test Subcommittee continually reviews the exam to ensure that it is current and comprehensive covering the entire lighting field.
“We are very excited to have two additional LC’s in our Lighting Department,” says Steve Shepps, the Construction Solutions Manager. “It proves our continued commitment to providing internal expertise that meets our customers’ growing lighting and design needs. Just one more unique way that allows our customers to ‘Experience the Difference’.”
Schaedler Yesco offers a full line of inventory, service and training solutions in the Pennsylvania market. Their unique approach to the marketplace provides customers with solutions not typically found at traditional electrical distributors.
Schaedler Yesco Distribution is a leading electrical, lighting, datacomm, and industrial supplies distributor and has provided service to Central PA since 1924. With corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Schaedler Yesco also has locations in York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Chambersburg, Williamsport, Pocono Mountains, Gettysburg, New Oxford, St. Marys, State College, Indiana, New Kensington, Pittsburgh, Towanda, Wilkes-Barre, DuBois and Scranton coming soon. Learn more about Schaedler Yesco by visiting www.sydist.com.
Valuable Seminar on Understanding Financial Statements on Jan. 9
The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC is hosting a seminar to help business owners better understand financial statements. The event takes place on January 9 and begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is only $15/participant.
Register online at www.harrisburgregionalchamber.org.
Senator Brubaker Recognizes B.R. Kreider & Son on 75th Anniversary!
(From B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. — December 19, 2011)
Senator Mike Brubaker and assistant Jennifer Frees presented a congratulatory document to the family/owners of B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. in honor and recognition of 75 years in business and our recent family succession into the fourth generation. Third & Fourth generation and acting President were present for photos.
Senator Brubaker was given a brief tour of the facility and services of the business,
B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. celebrates 75 years of service as a family-owned business, currently operated by the fourth generation, a partnership of cousins. As a premier excavating and paving contractor the company employs over 160 persons, offering commercial, industrial and residential services, including site management, excavating, paving, underground utilities, environmental solutions, storm water management and recycling services.
Senator Michael Brubaker, Michael Fecik, Brent Kreider
Fulton selects High to manage HQ expansion
November 22. 2011, By Tim Stuhldreher, Central Penn Business Journal
High Real Estate Group will oversee the expansion of Fulton Financial Corp.’s headquarters in downtown Lancaster, the bank holding company said on Monday.
As owner’s representative, East Lampeter Township-based High will manage all aspects of the project, Fulton said. Though Fulton itself has supervised construction work, it “felt that it was prudent to select an owner’s representative that has more extensive experience in the development and management of multi-faceted projects,” the company said in a statement.
Fulton last fall announced it had purchased two properties adjoining its headquarters at Penn Square: a vacant building at 23 E. King St. and a parking lot at 22 E. Grant St. Fulton plans to raze the building and build an environmentally friendly multi-story annex to its headquarters on the combined lot. The project will house about 225 employees, Fulton said.
Fulton next will select an architect and contractor, the company said. Project costs have not yet been determined, it said.
Fulton is the holding company for several community banks, principally Fulton Bank, which has more than 110 branches in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Fulton Financial’s shares trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol FULT.
Brent Kreider of BRK Named Forty-Under-40 Winner
Congratulations to B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc.’s Brent R. Kreider who recently received a “Forty Under 40” award from Central Penn Business Journal’s Class of 2011 recognizing the achievements of 40 individuals under forty years of age.
Award nominations were based on three areas: excellence in business, commitment to community and professional achievement.
Brent is a graduate of Millersville University and has developed his career in the family business and currently serves as vice president of operations and co-owner of the 75-year-old company. He also commits his time to family, church, community and serves on the board of Black Rock Retreat Christian Camp.
On behalf of the entire “family” at BRK we are proud to have Brent as a member of our team!
B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. is a premier excavating and paving contractor based in Manheim, Pa., serving Lancaster and the surrounding counties. The company employs over 160 persons, offering commercial, industrial and residential services, including site management, excavating, paving, underground utilities, environmental solutions, storm water management and recycling services.
CEO to retire from Pennfield Corp. after 45 years
By Holly White, Central Penn Business Journal, October 07. 2011
Ernest O. “Mike” Horn III is retiring after 45 years with Pennfield Corp. in Lancaster County, the company announced today.
Horn has worked in every part of the animal food manufacturing company during his time there. He will continue to serve on the board of directors and will advise Arnold Sumner, who will assume the roles of CEO and president on Nov. 7.
East Hempfield Township-based Pennfield manufactures dairy, equine and poultry feeds.
Lobar to build Chester Army Reserve Center expansion
By Tim Stuhldreher, CPBJ, October 05, 2011
Dillsburg-based construction firm Lobar Inc. received an $18.4 million contract to design and build facilities at an Army Reserve Center in Chester County, beating nine other bidders, the U.S. Department of Defense said this morning.
The project description calls for a training center, a maintenance shop and storage and parking areas. The additions will roughly double the space at the Edgmont Township site, according to published reports.
Top 100 2011: Technology keeps D&H in the future
Three-year growth: 35.1 percent
D&H Distributing Co. gets through the difficult times by always keeping its eye on the future, particularly the technologies that shake up markets and change buying habits. And when the going gets tough, its staff falls back on their passion for hard work and play to get them back to the future.
Michael: I started as a tax attorney and worked for Arthur Anderson. Fortunately, D&H was in my destiny. It was a good experience to work with large corporate entities and the backroom strategy. We graduated with business degrees from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t teach you everything. You get street smarts by working and doing.
Dan: I started in retail in New York City. It was good background experience for all aspects of business management.
Its origins: D&H, an employee stock option company, was started by David Schwab 93 years ago as a tire wholesaler. The company got into consumer electronics when the first radio came out. In the 1970s and ’80s, D&H was the largest distributor of RCA TVs and Whirlpool appliances in the U.S. From being a regional distributor led by Izzy Schwab, D&H moved into being a national distributor of computer products and consumer electronics in the ’80s and ’90s.
Why it’s growing:
Dan: Whether it’s a recession or a growth spurt, staying true to your values: a long-term mentality, focus on the co-owners and motivating them, constantly reinventing yourself from the customer and product standpoint so that you’re always moving forward.
Michael: Like (billionaire investor) Warren Buffett says, “Buy when everyone else is selling and sell when they’re buying.” We take a similar approach. When everyone else was hunkering down, we said increase marketing, increase the 401(k) match to co-owners. Let’s power through a difficult economic time. We’ve been there, done that, through the Depression, two world wars, the Agnes floods. It’s not easy, but it doesn’t overwhelm us when we have things we can’t control.
How We Work
Where we get inspiration:
Michael: My motivation to put ?in time is all relative to our 1,000 ?co-workers. I feel responsible to them. If I ask them to work hard, I should work as hard or harder.
Dan: The passion for the business. We all believe in working hard, playing hard. Our passion is the primary motivation and very fulfilling.
What we lose sleep over:
Dan: I think about the responsibility. We’ve been successful over the past decade, and ensuring the future success is a big responsibility. But I’ve got three kids, so I have no problem falling asleep at night.
Michael: All the challenges the U.S. economy faces: unemployment, lack of jobs, slow growth. I’m more concerned about that macro view.
The best part of our jobs:
Michael: That we’re providing an income for hundreds of families. We’re providing valuable service for customers. It’s great to pick up a paper and read names of clients like Lenovo, Cisco, HP and see them successful.
Dan: It’s the focus on the technology. We’re always looking for those fun, ?new technologies that are disruptive. That’s always fun.
The worst part of our jobs:
Michael: All the compliance requirements at the local, state and federal levels. All the form completion that’s necessary to meet regulations. It’s more time-consuming and it’s not productive, even for new companies.
Dan: Not enough hours in the day. We’re always time-poor. There’s always more to do and not enough time. I’d like to spend as much time with co-owners as possible, but there’s not enough time for that with all the other responsibilities.
The future will bring:
Michael: My hope for the future is that Pennsylvania has the ability to retain the next generation of workers. This area has such great work ethic. There are people spending their entire career here and we want to find that in the next generation, too.
Dan: Continued growth. We need to get bigger and scale our culture. As you get bigger you have to work harder to maintain that fun atmosphere and continue looking to the future.
Top distribution companies
- D&H Distributing Co. Inc.: $2.57 billion
- The Wolf Organization Inc.: $165 million
- Schaedler Yesco Distribution Inc.: $102 million
- Yale Electric Supply Co. Inc.: $85 million
East Cocalico Gives Amelia’s Extension on Plan
|Build Your Ownership Team for the Long Term:
A Multi-Generation Family Business Retreat
Relationship and communication expert Dr. Steve Treat of the Council for Relationships, an ordained minister and senior therapist, will facilitate a Senior Generation/Successor Generation Retreat on October 13 & 14, 2011. The retreat will include teaching and break-out sessions–even sessions on Thursday night to include spouses. All totaled, twelve hours of coaching over two days aimed at helping family business families engage in constructive dialogue, manage conflict, and improve communication within the ownership team.
|SCHAEDLER YESCO IS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES IN THE REGION FOR THE FOURTH TIME|
|Harrisburg, PA – Schaedler Yesco Distribution, Inc. (SYD) was recently named as one of the Top Fifty Fastest Growing Companies, an award program designed to recognize and honor businesses that have made significant contributions to growth, strength, and success of the Central PA region. This is the 4th time that Schaedler Yesco has achieved this milestone. In order to be eligible for consideration, companies were required to show revenue of at least $500,000 in each of the fiscal years ending 2008, 2009 and 2010, as well as revenue growth in 2010, as compared to 2008. For-profit entities (public or private) that are headquartered in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry or York County were eligible for nomination.
The presenting sponsor of the program, SF&Company, calculated the nominations and then ranked the companies according to revenue growth over the three-year period. Both dollar and percentage increases were taken into consideration. This ranking formula led to the list of winners.
“We decided a number of years ago that a diverse growth strategy would be our best path forward. Our success has come from expanding our talent pool with aggressive hiring and through acquisitions, pursuing new customer types and by adding new locations and expanding our geographic reach,” states President Matt Brnik.
Schaedler Yesco, and the other 49 winners, will be honored at an awards breakfast on Friday, September 16, 2011, where their ranks will be revealed. The event will also feature a keynote speech by Sal Fazzolari, chairman, president and CEO of Harsco. A complete, ranked list of honorees and profiles of each company and their financial growth will be published in a special supplement to the September 23 issue of the Central Penn Business Journal.
Schaedler Yesco offers a full line of inventory, service and training solutions in the Pennsylvania market. Their unique approach to the marketplace provides customers with solutions not typically found at traditional electrical distributors.
Schaedler Yesco Distribution is a leading electrical, lighting, datacomm, and industrial supplies distributor and has provided service to Pennsylvania since 1924. With corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Schaedler Yesco also has locations in York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Chambersburg, Williamsport, Pocono Mountains, Gettysburg, New Oxford, St. Marys, State College, Indiana, New Kensington, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre, and Towanda with an additional location to open in Scranton later in 2011. Learn more about Schaedler Yesco by visiting www.sydist.com.
S. Dale High Center Announces 2011-12 Breakfast Seminars:
Thursday, September 22, 2011, 8:15 to 11:00 a.m.
“The 2020 Workplace”
Presented by Jeanne Meister, leading edge thinker, researcher and author
– Attracting, developing and retaining talented employees
– Preparing for inevitable HR challenges such as changing demographics; five generations of employees by 2020
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 8:15 to 11:00 a.m.
“Understanding Your Estate Planning Options”
Presented by Barley Snyder Attorneys at Law and Clermont Wealth Strategies
– Untangling the estate planning puzzle by clarifying the key challenges and defining major options available
– Creating an estate planning process that brings your family closer together
Thursday, January 19, 2012, 8:15 to 11:00 a.m
“Maximizing Shareholder Value: Essential Steps for Building Ownership Wealth and Family Harmony”
Presented by Scott Heintzelman, CPA, partner at McKonly & Asbury
- Creating ownership value every year
– Measuring this value and communicating with your fellow shareholders in ways that builds commitment to the future
Thursday, March 22, 2012, 8:15 to 11:00 a.m.
“Think Like an Entrepreneur to Expand Your Business”
Presented by Jay Goltz, an entrepreneur who owns five businesses, a columnist for Fortune Magazine and New York Times Small Business- Training everyone in your organization to be revenue generators
– Evaluating new business opportunities and creating excellence within your current business units.
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 8:15 to 11:00 a.m.
“Developing the Next Generation of Leaders”
Presented by Phil Clemens, Chairman and CEO of the Clemens Family Corporation
– Creating strategies that motivate and mentor high potential leaders in your organization
– Making the tough decisions required for a successful leadership transition while maintaining family unity
All seminars will be held in the Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall on the College campus and include complimentary breakfast beginning at 7: 30 a.m. Hope to see you at there!
To download a PDF of the 2011-12 breakfast seminar series, click here.
Broken valve in Berks County Services Center causes serious damage
But building crews including High Center member Compleat Restorations get high marks for their swift response…
Certified Carpet picks up a piece of Wheatland Shopping Center – Longtime tenant buys the western third of the Columbia Avenue shopping center
Intelligencer Journal – Lancaster New Era Updated Feb 04, 2011 19:55 By TIM MEKEEL, Staff Writer
The owners of Certified Carpet love their Wheatland Shopping Center location. It’s convenient. It’s highly visible. And now it’s theirs. The Legensteins have bought the western third of the center, including their 1855 Columbia Ave. site, for $2.6 million, courthouse records show. They bought it from local physicians Dr. James P. Argires and Dr. Daniel C. Good, who bought the center in 1984 and retain ownership of the east side. “We’re happy that we now control where we are,” Walt Legenstein, Certified Carpet chairman and chief executive officer, said. Legenstein and sons Tony (president), Joe (vice president) and Mark (vice president) formed Legs Realty to buy the parcel Jan. 26.
The western side, comprising 31 percent of the center, is anchored by Certified Carpet’s 17,000-square-foot space. There it operates under the Certified Flooring and Certified Carpet Cleaning banners. Also located in that fully occupied western portion is Sherwin-Williams, M&T Bank, Finch Jewelers and a T-Mobile transmission tower. There’s no room on the tract to construct additional buildings, Legenstein said. Certified Carpet was founded in 1949 on West Grant Street by the late Wilbur Smith. It became an original tenant of the East Hempfield center when it moved there in 1960 with 14 employees.
Legenstein joined Certified Carpet as manager in 1969. He bought the business in 1980. It now has 55 employees. Legenstein said he’s been talking to Argires and Good about acquiring Certified Carpet’s end of the property for 15 years. “We’re very happy with the outcome,” he said. “When you do this, you fix your expenses, you protect the equity in your business, you protect all the jobs here. “We’re controlling our destiny, relative to real estate.”
The Legensteins — whose business provides carpet cleaning, floor mat service and residential and commercial flooring — like both the inside and outside of that real estate. Internally, they’ve made substantial investments in developing a customized carpet-cleaning facility there, one of the few in the nation. Externally, they’ve got a highly visible spot on a high-traffic road. “We love Columbia Avenue,” Legenstein said. “It has a tremendous traffic count. It’s a great place for a business. It’s close to everybody.”
Financing for the acquisition came from Fulton Bank and the Small Business Administration’s 504 program, obtained via EDC Finance and South Eastern Economic Development Co.
The eastern two-thirds of the Wheatland center has seven tenants, including Empire Beauty School, Dollar General, Hong Kong Garden and Whallon’s, another original occupant.
Schaedler Yesco Announces Management Appointments
Harrisburg, PA – Schaedler Yesco Distribution, Inc., recently announced the appointment of Cliff Hoff as Manager of their Inventory Management Solutions (IMS) Team. His responsibilities include business development and implementation of inventory management for onsite facility programs and jobsite projects. Cliff, formerly IMS Team Leader, has been with Schaedler Yesco for 25 years and brings a versatile customer service background to his new position. He lives in the York County area with his wife and daughter and enjoys golf and softball in his free time.
Farrah Mittel, formerly Quality Administrator and Government Business Development Specialist, was appointed as Marketing Manager. Her responsibilities include creating Schaedler Yesco’s marketing strategy through market analysis, sales, advertising, and promotion. Farrah is a graduate of Penn State University and resides in the York County area with her husband. She enjoys crafts and traveling in her free time.
Schaedler Yesco offers a full line of inventory, service and training solutions in the Pennsylvania market. Their unique approach to the marketplace provides customers with solutions not typically found at traditional electrical distributors. Schaedler Yesco Distribution is a leading electrical, lighting, datacomm, and industrial supplies distributor and has provided service to Central PA since 1924. With corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Schaedler Yesco also has locations in York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Chambersburg, Williamsport, Pocono Mountains, Gettysburg, New Oxford, St. Marys, State College, Indiana, New Kensington, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre, and Towanda with an additional location to open in Scranton later in 2011. Learn more about Schaedler Yesco by visiting www.sydist.com.
Leadership Transition Panel Offers Benchmarking for Succession Strategies
(Elizabethtown, PA) – Family business leaders and successors can benchmark their leadership succession strategies during a “Leadership Transitions” Panel to be presented on Thursday, January 20, from 8:15 to 11 a.m. at Elizabethtown College. The breakfast seminar is part of the educational series offered by the S. Dale High Center for family businesses in Central Pennsylvania. Guest family businesses who have not attended a seminar are invited to attend as guests of the Center.
The panel with diverse family business experience includes Philip A. Clemens, Chairman and CEO of the Clemens Family Corporation of Hatfield; Tony Martin, Vice President of Business Information Systems at Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., of Chambersburg; Dana Chryst, CEO/Owner of The Jay Group of Lancaster, a marketing fulfillment company; and Matthew Diller, General Manager of Precast Systems, LLC, in Greencastle, and a 2009 Elizabethtown College graduate.
The event will be moderated by the Executive Director of the S. Dale High Center Michael N. McGrann.
“This panel provides the ideal opportunity for family business owners and successors to gauge their progress with their own leadership succession plans and strategies,” said McGrann.
Participants will discuss leadership and their views on leadership transitions. The presentation will include their experiences and varied expectations and results regarding leadership transitions in their companies, what processes and best practices they have or are employing, and how their family business prepared employees and customers, other family members, and themselves for transitioning senior and executive leadership.
The seminar series is for family- and closely-held businesses only and will be held from 8:15 to 11 a.m. in the Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall at Elizabethtown College. Registration is required by January 13. Call 717-361-1275 to RSVP or contact the Center at FBC@etown.edu.
He’s on a roll
Certified Carpet vinyl flooring installer gets his knee pads on wheels into some Lowe’s stores.
Sunday News Jan 08, 2011 17:52 By PAULA WOLF, Staff Writer
“Patience is a virtue,” goes the old adage. And Mark Legenstein is nothing if not patient. Determined, too. Five-plus years after introducing his Knee Blades at a Baltimore trade show, he finally has gotten them on a major retailer’s shelves. Knee Blades — shock-absorbent kneepads on rollers — are now available at 300 of Lowe’s 1,720 home-improvement stores nationwide. Those include its store at 25 Rohrerstown Road but not its 1845 Hempstead Road location. Seeing his Knee Blades on the local store’s shelves at last was an emotional moment for the persistent inventor. “It was awesome,” Legenstein said. Read more: http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/335081#ixzz1Al2nsWpS
High Steel Structures receives a $21 million contract
CPBJ Daily Tuesday, January 4, 2011 10:57 AM By Paula Holzman
Lancaster County-based High Steel Structures Inc. has received a $21 million contract to help replace a Ohio River bridge that connects Indiana and Kentucky.
High will fabricate 8,165 tons of structural steel for the Milton-Madison Bridge, which will take the place of an 81-year-old structure.
Officials broke ground Nov. 30 on the $103 million project, which is set for completion in September 2012.
SCHAEDLER YESCO AWARDED LOTS ON STATE MRO CONTRACT
HARRISBURG, PA – Schaedler Yesco Distribution (SYD) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) Materials Contract. As a result of this award, SYD will act as the sole supplier of electrical and Sylvania lighting products to all agencies located throughout the state.
Schaedler Yesco has been a quality supplier to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for many years and is committed to being a first-class supplier. SYD’s Government Team is a cohesive, knowledgeable group of experienced professionals dedicated to providing excellent customer service and assisting the state in achieving an overall reduction in spend without having to sacrifice the quality of products needed to get the job done.
Schaedler Yesco Distribution is a leading electrical, lighting, datacomm, and industrial supplies distributor and has provided service to Central PA since 1924. With corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, SYD also has locations in York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Chambersburg, Williamsport, Pocono Mountains, Gettysburg, New Oxford, St. Marys, State College, Indiana, New Kensington, and Pittsburgh. In 2011, three additional locations will be opened in Towanda, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton. Learn more about Schaedler Yesco by visiting www.sydist.com.
Schaedler Yesco Announces Management Appointment
Harrisburg, PA – Schaedler Yesco Distribution, Inc., recently announced the appointment of John Rambler as Manager of Industrial Automation Group.
John has assumed responsibility for managing the Industrial Team Members in our Northern and Southern Regions of Pennsylvania. His additional duties include technical support as well as growing sales for Schaedler Yesco.
“The automation business is critical to our overall company performance. In order to better support our short and long term growth goals, we implemented this change to the Sales Team”, stated Kurt Suchar, Vice President of Sales.
John lives in the York County area with his wife and daughters. He enjoys golf, hunting and restoring classic cars and trucks.
Daflure to merge with, acquire O.L. Jacobs’
By Eric Veronikis, Central Penn Business Journal
New Cumberland-based mechanical contracting company Daflure Heating, Cooling and Solar is merging with long-time midstate mechanical contractor O.L. Jacobs’ and Sons Inc. and plans to acquire O.L. Jacobs’ through a long-term agreement.
Daflure today announced the closing of the deal. The merger will give Daflure a stronger market presence and add more commercial services to its roster, company President Justin McClure said in a statement.
Daflure will continue to operate under its name at its New Cumberland location at 22 8th St. O.L. Jacobs will move from its Lower Allen Township location to the Daflure site on Dec. 15. O.L. Jacobs’ 12-person staff has been offered jobs with Daflure, according to the company. O.L. Jacobs’ owner Ray Jacobs will become vice president of the merged company, according to Daflure.
Lebanon-based APR Supply Co. on Oct. 17 completed its acquisition of competitor YC Supply, APR President and CEO Scott Weaver said today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
YC Supply is part of West York-based York Corrugating Co., which includes YC Precision Fabrication. York Corrugating will continue to operate YC Precision Fabrication, as well as distributing industrial products.
APR is a distributor of HVAC and plumbing products and supplies. YC Supply, which has locations in Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Shrewsbury and York, is a plumbing, heating and air conditioning wholesaler.
APR is not laying off anyone as a result of the deal, and offered positions in the combined company to YC Supply’s entire 34-person staff, Weaver said. About 90 percent plan to accept, bringing APR’s staff to about 210 people, he said.
“The end result is APR Supply has grown 20 percent overnight in sales volume,” Weaver said. “That puts us at 35 percent growth for the remainder of this year and next year.”
YC has a larger facility in the Harrisburg area than APR, so the company is shuttering the latter and moving into YC’s building, Weaver said.
Conversely, APR has a larger facility in Gettysburg than YC, so the companies will consolidate into the former.
The companies’ York and Shrewsbury locations will remain unaffected, he said.
New “Bricks to Clicks” E-Commerce Workshop
- Examining a Central PA family business who kept its traditional roots while one sister embarked on an
E-Commerce element that changed the business forever;
- How family businesses can seek new ways of generating revenue, even if they aren’t retailers (for example, a contractor selling floor plans or tools);
- A mini-review of good and “bad” E-Commerce websites
- What makes a good customer experience from usability to confidence; what makes a good store;
- A getting-started checklist – 1) Goal of store, 2) Choice of provider 2) Market, etc.;
- Promoting your online business – how an E-Commerce site can be promoted
- Success stories of other family businesses that also became successful after migrating to online commerce.
This seminar is presented by Donna Talarico, web content editor at Elizabethtown College, formerly with Solid Cactus – an innovative eCommerce Website Design company building custom online stores – and a third generation owner of Blair Candy Company.
Thursday, November 18, 8 to 11 a.m.
Brinser Lecture Hall, Steinman Center
Elizabethtown College Campus
Complimentary coffee and bagels at 7:30 a.m.
$250/per member attendee
$300/per non-member attendee
Call 717-361-1275 to register by phone. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards accepted. Register by November 10.
Social Media Summit Packs Six Social Media Lessons into Six Intense Hours
Those who attended any of the Social Media workshops offered by the S. Dale High Center last spring may be interested in a write-up about the 2010 Social Ad Summit by the Center’s Marketing Director, Gale Martin, appearing in the Central Penn Business Journal on October 15.
The event gathered some leading practitioners and experts in social media marketing and addressed current and upcoming trends.