Berks Biz

Mar 8, 2017

Winners crowned in Berks’ first manufacturing video contest for students

From crisp apple slices moving along conveyor belts to buckets of fiery and molten copper being poured into molds, images of modern-day manufacturing were captured by scores of eighth-graders who competed in Berks County's first What's so Cool About Manufacturing? contest.

Mar 8, 2017

Customers Bank selling its BankMobile division for $175M

Customers Bancorp Inc. of Wyomissing has executed an agreement of sale on its BankMobile division to Flagship Community Bank of Florida for $175 million.

Mar 8, 2017

Applebee’s raises money for Toys for Tots

Applebee’s locations throughout New Jersey, including in Phillipsburg, raised $113,000 for the U.S. Marine Corps in support of its Toys for Tots program. The Phillipsburg location raised $1,670 during a breakfast fundraiser. Pictured from left: Christopher Lopa, general manager, Applebee’s of Rockaway; Kevin Coughlin, director of operations, Applebee’s; Staff Sgt. Ramon Perez, U.[...]

Mar 8, 2017

Jerdon employees help colleague with leukemia

The staff of Jerdon Construction of South Whitehall Township raised funds and awareness for a fellow employee who was diagnosed with leukemia. A bake sale was held at Leesport Famers Markets, followed by a spaghetti dinner fundraiser that drew nearly 350 people. Adams Outdoor Advertising and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Lehigh Valley also supported the event. Pictured are Jerdon empl[...]

Mar 7, 2017

Reading, Easton among areas targeted for Met-Ed improvements

Parts of the Reading and Easton areas will be getting electric upgrades as part of $245 million that Met-Ed said it plans to spend on enhancing the electric system in its service area this year. That’s nearly double what the company spent last year.

Mar 2, 2017

Bally bank to merge with Montgomery County bank

The 94-year-old Bally Savings Bank, a small community-savings bank with a single location, will merge with Montgomery County-based Ambler Savings Bank.

Mar 1, 2017

Carpenter Technology completes $35M acquisition of West Virginia manufacturer

Carpenter Technology, which has manufacturing operations in Wyomissing, has completed its acquisition of Puris LLC, a production house for titanium and alloy products, based in Mills, W. Va.

Feb 28, 2017

Berks County could lose Reading 120 bike race

The Berks County commissioners' decision Monday to withdraw resource and logistical support for the Reading 120 could imperil the prestigious international bike race from returning.

Feb 22, 2017

Boyertown museum closed for renovations

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will be closed for six to seven weeks as Hollenbach Construction of Boyertown completes long-awaited renovations to the museum’s main gallery.

Feb 15, 2017

Two Berks cement, asphalt companies sold for $46.3M

One of the state's leading suppliers of construction materials has acquired EJB Paving & Materials Co. and Berks Products Corp. for $46.3 million.

Feb 13, 2017

Boscov’s planned for the future, to stay family-owned

Since the death of Boscov's department stores' beloved chairman Albert Boscov on Friday, there has been an outpouring of grief and praise for the legendary retailer who headed the largest family-owned department store chain in the country.

Feb 8, 2017

Berks entrepreneur incubator celebrates five years, dozens of successes

Dozens of Berks County entrepreneurs who got their start from Jump Start Incubator were among the crowd of well-wishers who gathered Tuesday in Reading to celebrate the organization's fifth-year anniversary.