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East Penn Named Among Best Places to
Work in PA

April 1, 2002

East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc. was recently honored as one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania and the 1st Best Place to Work among manufacturing companies. The award was presented in Harrisburg on November 29. The award, created last year 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.

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, telecommunications, marine, commercial, industrial and stationary markets. The company's quality systems for its entire 480-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2000 and QS 9000:1998 requirements. For more information contact East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lyon Station, PA. 19536.

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