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NEW VENTURES: Australian safety ladder manufacturer lands in Orefield

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Bobby Lanyon of Orefield with one of his company's safety ladders used to access large construction equipment.

A business born in Australia in 1997 is now under new ownership and based in the Lehigh Valley.

Access Innovations Global LP was purchased by Australian native Bobby Lanyon and brought to Orefield, where he now lives.

Manufacturing of the safety and accessibility equipment will be contracted out to local companies. Product sales will remain global.

Access Innovation fills a very specific need in the excavating, mining and other industries that use large, earth-moving equipment, Lanyon said.

“When you buy large excavating equipment from companies like Caterpillar, they can be [very high] and they don’t always come with a way to get up on them,” he said.

Access Innovation provides that means.

It manufactures ladders that can be attached to the cab door of the equipment to climb its side, then can retract and be folded away once the driver is safely inside. That way, it doesn’t affect operation of the equipment.

Lanyon said the idea was spawned after a number of serious injuries on job sites in Australia. Operators were injured trying to get on and off the equipment.

“That’s a huge risk for the individual and a huge liability for the company,” he said.

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Animal hospital opens in Allen Township

After working many years in an emergency animal hospital, veterinarian Dr. Abby Gerenser had learned more about the care of animals than most vets do by working in traditional offices, she said.

So she opened her own practice to put her knowledge of emergencies toward a more holistic approach to caring for well and sick animals.

“I really like to get down on the floor and play with the puppies,” Gerenser said, adding that wasn’t something she could do in emergency, life-and-death situations.

The business’ home at 90 Atlas Road in Allen Township is two stories and 4,500 square feet, providing a comfortable setting for her and patients, as well as ample room for potential growth, Gerenser said.

“Because there are no competing businesses on the road, it is a very safe place to get your pet in and out of the vehicle without the worry of a busy street,” she said.

Each room will be decorated in a different theme, including a beach, barn and a Bethlehem Steel-themed treatment room.

Abby Road Veterinary Hospital will offer a full array of veterinary care, including wellness, spaying, neutering, surgery and dental procedures. It also will offer X-ray and ultrasound and have its own laboratory and pharmacy.

No animals will be boarded, although some cats and dogs may stay overnight as they recuperate from surgery.

She obtained financing for the building and equipment with the help of Lehigh Financial Group LLC of Allentown.

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Winery launches craft beer operation

The name is still Mountain View Vineyards, but the Monroe County business now has the words “winery, distillery and brewery” tacked to it.

Craft beer is the latest offering from the winery at 2332 Walters Road, Hamilton Township, which was founded down the road from its existing location in 2009.

Randy Rice, who with his wife, Linda, owns the vineyard, said the addition is an attempt to offer something for everyone.

“We would watch our customers come in in pairs or groups,” Randy Rice said. “The ladies would want the wine tasting and the men would sometimes sit down and wait. We’d ask them, and they’d say they weren’t really into wine.”

With spirits and now craft beer, he said, there are many more possibilities for guests to select, as well as reasons to visit.

“Beer drinkers outnumber wine and spirits drinkers,” Linda Rice said. “It made sense to add that product. And if you look around, craft brewing is growing like crazy.”

The biggest challenge was creating the beer. While there are similarities between wine, spirits and beer, there also are great differences in their production.

Randy Rice said they researched, tested small-batch recipes and tinkered until they developed brews they decided were something that would entice customers.

“People aren’t going to come here to drink some mediocre beer,” he said.

The started with a wheat beer, porter and pale and will be rotating the beer menu.

Wine, spirits, beer and food through the business’ Frogtown bistro are available on-site. Only the wine and beer are available for tasting at the winery.

The distillery’s tasting operations are in the vineyard’s original location at 5866 Neola Road, Jackson Township.

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Editor’s note: We want to hear about your new business or product. Contact Stacy Wescoe at 610-807-9619 ext. 4104 or send an email to To be considered, a new venture should be less than 60 days old or starting within 60 days.

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