Premiering in 2006, the PA Chamber's full-color statewide quarterly magazine, Catalyst, boasts a readership of more than 15,000 business professionals and elected officials across the Commonwealth. Through print and digital editions, readers can explore insightful articles by and about PA Chamber members, as well as legislative and regulatory updates.
Complete profile of a PA Chamber Investor Member company that covers their history, operations, plans for the future and economic impact to the Commonwealth.
Highlights the recognizable and not-so-well-known products made in the Commonwealth by PA Chamber members.
Showcases a small PA Chamber member company describing their goods and services, as well as the benefits and challenges they experience doing business in Pennsylvania.
I was at a local business event many years ago when I heard something that made me laugh — not out loud, because it wasn’t intended to be funny; more of a half-smile because of the sheer absurdity of the statement.
The Utz story began in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in a small-town kitchen. It was 1921. William (Bill) and Salie Utz thought potato chips could be better. They believed potato chips should be made from clean, simple ingredients and that they should be minimally processed to bring out the natural flavor of farm-fresh potatoes. With an initial investment of $300, Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips — eventually Utz Quality Foods — was born.
In an insightful, exclusive Q&A with Catalyst, Canadian Consul General Phyllis Yaffe explains how the historic, unprecedented relationship between Canada and the United States is mutually beneficial for both of our nation’s economies and our safety; and expresses why it’s imperative that we keep it going strong.
Having a robust, diverse workforce of doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners is tantamount to providing the best health care possible for Pennsylvanians, as well as improving the care-delivery model of the future.
Back in 1915, when Gertrude Hawk was only 12 years old, she began working in a candy shop in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While her reason for working there was out of necessity (her father died young and her mother fell ill, leaving her to support her family financially) she soon learned and found a love for the art of chocolate making.
Cornerstone is one of the nation’s leading independent investment consulting firms managing nearly $6 billion of client assets. The company’s mission is to build and preserve the assets of institutions and wealthy families, now and into the future. Its success is based on navigating complex financial decisions on behalf of its clients. Cornerstone’s mission is laid out right in its tagline: Insight. Influence. Integrity.
Since 1999, Bravo Group has worked on behalf of companies and causes where government and public opinion impact success. Whether it be a short-term problem or a long-view challenge, the largest independent PR firm in Pennsylvania assembles experience-informed and talent-driven skills under a single, overarching objective: help clients win tough fights.
Raise your hand if you know what a “brand” is. If you are thinking of a logo, or a website, or a business card or an advertising campaign, put your hand down. Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos defines brand as “what other people say about you when you’re not in the room”. Bezos is right. Your customers, employees and other stakeholders will tell you what your brand is. If you are doing things well, they’ll be saying what you hoped they would.
Since 2001, Chambersburg, PA-based Trickling Springs Creamery has been focused on supporting our local community of family farms. We are privileged to have our products sold to, and served in, several locations throughout the greater Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Our culture is about appreciating the animals that supply our product, the famers and families that care for them and the employees that process the final product.
Legacy Business Advisors prepare business owners to successfully monetize their biggest asset. As described by Bo Burlingham — the author of “Small Giants,” “The Great Game of Business” and “Finish Big” — Legacy Business Advisors “has set a standard that everyone else in the business should aspire to. Truly, it is “best in class.’”
During the Industrial Revolution, when nearly everything bought in America was American-made, the tiny Pennsylvania town of Orwigsburg — which today has a population of about 3,000 — was a major hub for shoe manufacturing. Deep in the heart of coal country, Orwigsburg, which is nestled in the area between Pottsville and Reading, was once the home of 11 shoe companies that manufactured more than 1.4 million shoes each year. It was in 1888 — at the peak of this time period — that the Kepner-Scott Shoe Company was founded.
SERVPRO is the leading provider of fire and water damage restoration in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Gallatin, Tennessee, SERVPRO has more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, with professionals available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year who are ready to restore your property quickly and efficiently. Their goal is always to make it seem as though any customer’s emergency never even happened.
In May 12, 2017, one of six new QLINE streetcar vehicles made its first official passenger trip along a brand new rail alignment up and down Woodward Avenue near downtown Detroit. It was the first streetcar passenger trip to occur in Detroit in more than 60 years, and was greeted with great fanfare by thousands of locals and supporters in a weekend-long celebration.
Wood Star Productions, a Lancaster-based, full service video production company, will have its busiest year ever in 2017! The question is … why Wood Star, and why is video on top now? In 2013, the Associated Press announced that video has now overtaken the written word as the most common form of communication. It is also known that a company’s Search Engine Optimization (the degree to which a company’s website will appear as a top result when entered into a web browser like Google) will increase if video exists on the website. In fact, the majority of Google search responses that include video have a far higher click-through rate, and evidence has shown that viewers will stay longer on a company’s web site if it contains video. The truth is that if video is not part of your marketing program, you are years behind your competition.
Chances are you’ve strode across Armstrong Flooring’s products at some point in your life.
What began as a low-key electric fence installation company in the 1980’s in Frederick, Maryland has grown to be one of the most trusted names in the deer fencing industry, providing quality do-it-yourself garden fences that stand up against the threat of crop damage due to wildlife nuisances such as white-tailed deer, elk, feral hogs and rodents.
Anyone traveling through southcentral Pennsylvania is amazed at the abundance of beautiful orchards that dominate the landscape. More than a century ago, pioneers in the fruit industry started these family-owned orchards, many of which span five, six or even seven generations. These families recognized that the slopes of the local mountains, the rich soils and perfect drainage, coupled with warm days, timely precipitation and cool nights, provided the perfect garden for growing the most delicious fruit in America. Headquartered in the heart of “America’s Orchard” is Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc.
Since 2002, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has endorsed consulting firm APPI Energy as a PA Chamber Preferred Provider. Business professionals and elected officials in the Commonwealth have unprecedented flexibility to align energy management strategies with corporate goals, budgets and fiscal calendars. Unbiased and independent since 1996, APPI Energy provides data-driven consulting and procurement solutions that reduce electricity and natural gas costs.
A.S.K. Foods, Inc. started as a love affair.
In 1973, science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
The memory of a significant life event stems from the ambiance surrounding it. Whether it’s an important corporate reception, a social event where you want to make a great impression or one of the most special days of your life — your wedding day — the JDK Group’s energized team of specialists is in the business of making that memory a beautiful one.
UGI is helping businesses and homeowners take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas, Pennsylvania’s clean, plentiful and local natural resource.
Erie Insurance has been helping people make things right since 1925, working side-by-side with the best insurance agents in the business. When H.O. Hirt and O.G. Crawford decided to start an insurance exchange, they wanted to base it on “simple common sense, mixed with just plain decency.” They turned to the Golden Rule as a guiding principle, and on April 20, 1925, Erie Insurance and its legacy of service opened for business. That principle has acted as a beacon for 91 years as Erie Insurance has grown into what it is today.
How do you keep a 116-year-old brand fresh and exciting? Ask the people at Mack Trucks.
The convergence of technology, shifting demographics and globalization has disrupted the ways that things have always been done — and recruiting and hiring employees are no exception. According to Success Performance Solutions President and Founder Ira Wolfe, "Many businesses are trying to recruit and hire employees without using automation, technology and social media — and that's like trying to send an email using a typewriter."