Made in PA

Hydro Extrusions North America: One of Southeast Pennsylvania’s Biggest Employers

April 24, 2019 | Lindsay Andrews

Hydro, a global supplier of aluminum products, is Schuylkill County’s largest manufacturing employer, operating a production facility in Cressona. A fixture in the community since the 1940s, the plant makes extruded products that serve a variety of industries, including construction, automotive, transportation and energy.

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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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