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East Penn Manufacturing receives waiver to operate

East Penn Manufacturing in Lyon Station. PHOTO/FILE –

Berks County battery manufacturer, East Penn Manufacturing, said it has received a waiver from the state classifying it as a life-sustaining business and it will resume operations, bringing back about half of its staff.

Having a lower employee count will help slow the spread of COVID-19, company officials said.

The company, which has its main facilities in Lyon Station, said it didn’t have a timeline for when employees not recalled, or who want to remain on layoff status, would return because of the unpredictability of the order levels as a result of the pandemic.

Any employees remaining laid off will continue to receive their company health care benefits through April 30.

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