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31 facts you may not know about the Lehigh Valley’s Top Workplaces for 2024, from A to V

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Here are facts about the Lehigh Valley’s 31 Top Workplaces, in alphabetical order:

1. Barry Isett & Associates, which is the only employer to be named a Top Workplace in all 12 years of the Lehigh Valley survey, offers a 50% match of volunteered time to a service day and employee contributions to qualified organizations. More than 40% of employees are company shareholders.

2. Buckeye Partners LP owns more than 100 refined petroleum products terminals. Its flagship marine terminal in the Bahamas, BORCO, is one of the largest crude oil and petroleum products storage facilities in the world

3. Buckno Lisicky & Co PC conducts a dress-down Friday during which staff contributes $5 until $1,000 is collected. The money is then donated to a randomly chosen charity.

4. Burlington Stores Inc. created the Burlington Stores Foundation, which donated $1.6 million to nonprofits that support education, health and poverty relief. It’s been a partner with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for 21 years, over which it has raised more than $50 million.

5. CAI (Computer Aid International) was awarded the 2023 Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Impact Award in the category of Champion for Diverse Talent. The award recognizes companies and individuals that have made a measurable impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the automotive industry.

6. Catasauqua Area School District’s high school design included an infrequently used architectural element called radial geometry. The two-story polygon shape of the lobby allows each wing of the school to be accessed through the main common area. At a cost of $21.5 million, it was among the lowest-cost schools in the state when it was completed in 2005.

7. Edwards Business Systems started in 1954 in a converted row house on Penn Avenue in West Reading, where it repaired and sold typewriters and adding machines. It now has five locations in Pennsylvania, and eight locations in Virginia under the name Virginia Business Systems.

8. Environmental Waste Minimization has its headquarters in Northampton but also has a location in Bakersfield, California, where it deploys service teams throughout the state as well as to other western states such as Washington and Texas.

9. Garman Builders works under the core belief, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” It supports various humanitarian causes including services for disabled people, educational scholarships, summer camps and food insecurity.

10. Herbein and Co. Inc. is a certified public accounting firm with 13 U.S. locations and one in the Philippines. It has 279 employees companywide, of which 154 are based in the Lehigh Valley.

11. Haven House was created 60 years ago to provide mental health services for patients being released from the now-demolished Allentown State Hospital.

12. HindlePower Inc. provides supplies to a local public garden and each year the company contributes to the needs of a family it adopts from a shelter.

13. Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley was founded in 1953. One of several goals is to teach students to understand varying perspectives, articulate different positions and engage in respectful discourse.

14. Julabo USA Inc.’s background can be traced to Germany in 1926, when Ernst Juchheim invented the glass contact thermometer. His son, Gerhard, started the company in Germany’s Black Forest region in 1967.

15. Kutztown Area School District formed when the state required municipalities to operate public schools in 1834. The area’s Pennsylvania Germans were at first opposed to the plan, fearing English would take the place of German as the language of the school and community.

16. King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul LLC launched a podcast called The Legal Lunch Room. The broadcast invites attorneys and school leaders to discuss and share education law trends and court decisions and how they affect school boards, students and the community.

17. Kitchen Magic Inc.’s logo features gnomes, which are a European symbol of craftsmanship and handiness. The legend goes that gnomes are adept, bright, nurturing and highly valued creatures for their creative ingenuity. However, they are never seen.

18. KDG (Kyle David Group) received the Forbes Small Giant Award in 2019 and ’20 and Inc. Magazine’s award of Best in Business: Enduring Impact in 2023.

19. Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living traces its roots to 1973 when Operation Overcome, a grassroots advocacy group, began protesting for disability rights. The group’s founder challenged local lawmakers to sit in wheelchairs and try to navigate Allentown’s Hamilton Street shopping district.

20. NeurAbilities Healthcare has held several free, public webinars related to neurological and behavioral health. Staff raised $1,000 for Autism NJ and staff and families raised $5,255 for Autism Speaks.

21. New Bethany was known as New Bethany Ministries until mid-2023, when ministries was dropped from the name. The name change was the result of ministries no longer meaning the same to everyone and New Bethany’s separation in 2018 from the Episcopal Diocese. It still maintains a partnership with the diocese and Nativity Cathedral.

22. Parkland School District’s name derives from a naming contest when it was formed in 1949. The winner, sophomore Mary Lou Urffer, thought the name fitting “because of the beautiful farms and well-kept homes.”

23. Right At Home-Lehigh Co. & East Berks Co. is one of 500 franchise locations in the United States and seven other countries. In 2020, it was named a top in-home care agency by Caring.com based on consumer ratings and reviews.

24. Riverfront Federal Credit Union will host Cars & Coffee 2024 in the parking lot of its main office in Wyomissing. The event is a showplace for custom, classic and antique cars.

25. St. Luke’s University Health Network was established in 1872 when the area was experiencing an influx of workers for the steel mill, coal mines, cement mills and factories. Workers were frequently injured and at the time, the closest hospital was in Philadelphia.

26. Seven Generations Charter School completed a three-year renovation project of the former Rodale Publishing building in 2023. The school was awarded a $1.5 million grant, also in 2023, from the Pennsylvania Charter School Program.

27. Tyber Medical LLC designs, develops and manufactures orthopedic implants used across the world to improve people’s quality of life.

28. Trifecta Technologies Inc.’s computerized data systems are used by many national brands such as C.F. Martin & Co., Trex, Varsity Brands, Toll Bros., Pentair and PennTeleData.

29. Velaspan Inc. designs wireless networks, and on its 15th anniversary the company collaborated with HiJinx Brewing Co. in Allentown to create four custom anniversary brews. They were named after problems found in WiFI networks: Hidden Node, Sticky Client, Excessive Retries and Running Hot.

30. Visiting Angels of the Lehigh Valley maintains a list on its website with advice for clients and their families that includes dealing with dementia and anger and the differences between assisted living and home care.

31. Via of the Lehigh Valley was formed in 1952 by a group of parents looking for ways to expand opportunities for their disabled, adult children. The group later became the Lehigh Valley Rehabilitation Center and merged with United Cerebral Palsy of the Lehigh Valley to become Via, which is a Latin word for “a way,” “a route” or “a byway of.”

Charles Malinchak is a freelance writer for 첥Ƶ.

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