Made in PA

Utz Quality Foods: Bringing Smiles to Generations of Snack Food Lovers

February 13, 2019

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.

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Sweet Success: From a Scranton Kitchen to a Household Name, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Builds a Family-Owned Legacy

November 21, 2018

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. 

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Wall-to-Wall Studios: Building Strong Brands for Companies in PA and Beyond

August 1, 2018

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.

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Kepner Scott Shoe Company: Making Healthy Shoes for Little Feet Since 1888

May 1, 2018 | Lindsay Andrews

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.

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Brookville Equipment Corporation: Designing Powered Rail Vehicle Solutions for Coal Mines and City Centers

July 1, 2017

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.

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