The death of East Penn Manufacturing CEO Sally Miksiewicz on Friday is emotionally a “devastating loss,” Jon Scott of the Greater Reading Economic Partnership said this morning.
Miksiewicz, 52, died Friday after being hit by a vehicle traveling east on Boyer Road in Pike Township while she was jogging near her home in Oley Township.
“Sally was so highly respected and revered, and was doing such a phenomenal job for the company, as well as being a good citizen, but East Penn Manufacturing is very strong and resilient, with a lot of talented people in place,” Scott, president and CEO of Greater Reading Economic Partnership, said this morning.
An East Penn official said this morning that the Lyon Station battery maker has not announced who will take on Miksiewicz’s role in the business.
“There have been a lot of meetings going on,” said Joel Brady, marketing strategist and corporate writer at East Penn. “But, the results of those meetings have yet to be disclosed.”
In a statement, East Penn Manufacturing said it is “deeply saddened.”
“Her dedication and inspiration to the company for over 30 years has been an important part of the company’s growth and success,” the statement said. “Her passion for the business created new innovations for the future. East Penn will continue to honor Sally by being committed to her vision.”
A graduate of Moravian College, Miksiewicz was part of the family’s company for 30 years and became East Penn’s leader in 2009. The business was founded by her father, DeLight Breidegam Jr., in 1949 and today is one of Berks County’s largest employers with 5,600. The company makes thousands of sizes and types of lead-acid batteries under the Deka brand, along with battery accessories and wire and cable products.
Miksiewicz held many positions at the company, covering a wide range of responsibilities. Her most recent position before becoming CEO in 2009 was vice chairman and secretary of the corporation, working in government affairs and leadership development, among other duties.