East Penn Manufacturing of Lyon Station, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lead-acid batteries and accessories – and the largest company in Berks County – earned the 2016 Most Valuable Supplier Award from a trade association.
The award by the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association recognizes companies such as East Penn that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, employees and community.
With its more than 8,000 employees and 450 product designs, six-decade-old East Penn was required to meet criteria that are important to the distributor companies who do business with it.
In addition to confirming an ongoing commitment to safety, most valuable supplier award winners have demonstrated an overall commitment to excellence by documenting programs in industry advocacy, distributor advocacy, networking, continuing education and best practices.
“Achieving this award is no small task and is only possible through the continued commitment of our employees, our independently owned North American dealer network and the customers we serve,” said Doug Bouquard, East Penn’s general manager and vice president of sales, Motive Power division.
The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association is the only national trade association solely dedicated to improving the proficiency of independent material-handling distributors. Based in Vernon Hills, Ill., the association represents nearly 650 companies.