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East Penn Named Among Best Places to Work in PA

February 16, 2004

East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc. was honored as one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for the third consecutive year and the 1st Best Place to Work among manufacturing companies. The award was presented in Hershey, PA on December 2, 2003. 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 6th Best Place to Work.

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 is a leading manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories for the automotive, marine, telecommunications, industrial, 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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