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East Penn Ranked 1st Best Manufacturing Place to Work in PA

May 23, 2005

East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc. was ranked as the 1st Best Place to Work among manufacturing companies in Pennsylvania. An award was presented in Hershey, PA on November 30, 2004. The award, created by Pennsylvania's Ridge-Schweiker Administration, is the first of its kind offered by a state.

This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The 100 Best Places to Work in PA program is made up of two groups of companies: 50 medium size companies (50-250 employees) and 50 large size companies (251 or more). East Penn was honored in the large company category as the 3rd Best Place to Work among all types of employers.

The winners of the Best Places to Work award were chosen by the Great Place to Work Institute using the same formula as the Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work for" in America. The companies were chosen based on the following criteria:

Must be a for-profit business;

Must be publicly or privately held;

Must have a facility in Pennsylvania;

Must be in good standing with the Commonwealth's Attorney General and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

In addition to information provided directly by the company, a randomly selected group of employees from each company completed a confidential survey. The survey asked the employees for feedback on several aspects of the workplace such as pride in work and accomplishments, fair treatment of people, management credibility, respect for people and camaraderie. The survey results were processed by an outside firm and accounted for 75% of the score used to determine each employer's final ranking.

East Penn President Dan Langdon stated, "The dedication from our employees is truly remarkable. There are many factors that can be attributed to East Penn's optimistic future. However, much of this optimism is a result of our employees and their drive to produce the highest quality products and services while embracing continuous improvement throughout the company. To continue to be ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania is confirmation of their dedication to excellence."

East Penn is a leading manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories for the automotive, industrial, marine, telecommunications, commercial, and stationary markets. The company's quality systems for its entire 480-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2000 and ISO/TS 16949:2002 requirements. The company's Wire and Cable division has been certified to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System requirements. The company claims to have the largest, most modern single-site manufacturing facility in the world. For more information contact East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lyon Station, PA 19536 or visit the company's web site at www.dekabatteries.com.

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