East Penn Manufacturing Company, in Lyons Station, will be the first recipient of the Albert Boscov Economic Development Award for Berks County, presented by the Greater Reading Chamber & Economic Development Corporation.

This annual award will highlight a company that demonstrates a significant investment in job creation and economic growth for Berks County. The award is also symbolic of the recent merger of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Greater Berks Development Fund and the Greater Reading Economic Partnership, that has created the GRCEDC, bringing together the Chamber with economic development.

“Boscov’s and the Boscov family are gratified to know that Albert’s legacy of community outreach and development is being commemorated with the addition of the Al Boscov Economic Development Award. Albert believed in Reading and the success of its future, and he would be humbled and proud that his dreams for an improved Reading continue,” said Jim Boscov, CEO, Boscov’s Department Stores.

Members of the Boscov family will be presenting the award to East Penn Manufacturing at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on May 24 at the Santander Arena.

“East Penn is sincerely honored to be the first to receive such a meaningful award named after a man and a family who have meant so much to the Greater Reading area,” said Dan Langdon, CEO, of East Penn. “We are also extremely privileged to be recognized by the Greater Reading Chamber and Economic Development Corporation, and will continue to partner with them in sustaining long-term careers while creating new opportunities. This award, and our continued support of Greater Reading’s economic development, is a tribute to the Breidegam family and the accomplishments of our employees and our cherished culture that cares for our community and perpetuates growth.”

“We are proud to launch this new annual award in conjunction with the Boscov Family. Albert Boscov’s legacy lives on through the many important projects he has shepherded throughout the City of Reading. We can think of no more fitting inaugural award recipient then East Penn Manufacturing, one of our area’s largest employers that has maintained a steadfast commitment to expanding in Berks County. By honoring East Penn, we are also celebrating the amazing legacy of its founder, DeLight Breidegam Jr., who passed away in September of 2015,” said Randy Peers, President & CEO, The Greater Reading Chamber & Economic Development Corporation.

For more information about the Chamber’s Annual Dinner or to register for this event, visit www.greaterreadingchamber.org.

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