ATAS International opening Illinois facility

ATAS International manufactures metal panels in Upper Macungie Township. PHOTO/FILE

ATAS International Inc. of Upper Macungie Township is expanding its national footprint.

The company, which manufactures metal panels, is adding a facility in University Park, Illinois to expand its geographic reach and service capabilities.

ATAS already has a headquarters and two plants in the Lehigh Valley as well as a plant in Mesa, Arizona.

The new Illinois facility will stock steel and aluminum with the aim of reducing freight costs and lead time for customers in the northcentral region of the country.

“ATAS continues to grow, not only in additional products and services, but also in additional locations.  We are pleased to add the University Park facility to service the Midwest market more efficiently, said Dick Bus, president of ATAS.

He noted the company, which was started by his father in the basement of their home in Rochester, New York, will be having its 60th anniversary in 2023.

A real SHE-shed: Girls build backyard shed at construction camp

The shed, built by advanced campers during the Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –


A Leigh Valley homeowner got a newly built shed for his back yard thanks to the Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls.

The custom-built shed came to the winning bidder at Lehigh Valley Habitat for Humanity’s fundraising auction and was built by seven high school-aged girls who were advanced campers at this summer’s camp. The camp, which exposes girls to the building industry, is sponsored each year by ATAS International of Allentown, so the shed, of course, featured an ATAS metal roof.

Kevin Klersy and Tim Coughlan of ATAS’ technical services and inside technical sales departments helped with the installation of ATAS’ standing seam metal roof panels and trims.

A retractable awning was constructed with the same roof panels, which covers an opening on one side of the shed.  It has a bar on the outside, under which stools can be placed, and a countertop on the inside of the bar area.

The overall design process was guided by architect Samantha Ciotti Falcone, owner of SCF Architecture.

Volunteers from the local construction community provided instruction and helped the girls build the shed.

Let’s Build is a free week-long camp designed for high school age girls to explore construction trades, architecture, engineering, and construction materials manufacturing through hands-on experiences. ​ This was the first year for an advanced camp.

Jon Lattin, president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of CSI, and Kristen Fallon, regional vice president of member services of Eastern PA ABC, helped create and organize each year’s efforts for the annual camp

LV Manufacturers host Manufacturing Day events

Oct. 4 is national Manufacturing Day. To mark the occasion a number of Lehigh Valley manufacturers held special events to promote manufacturing careers to young people.

Victaulic invited more than 40 area students to its world headquarters in Forks Township to learn about the company’s operations.

The students were from the Career Institute of Technology’s Machine Tool Technology Program in Forks Township, which serves the Bangor, Nazareth, Wilson, Easton and Pen Argyl area school districts.

Victaulic, which has been active in promoting STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education in schools, provided the opportunity for the students to learn about what kind of skills and training are needed to enter a manufacturing career at a place like Victaulic, which is a manufacturer of pipe fittings.

ATAS International Inc. of Upper Macungie Township, another local STEM supporter, also invited students to take a tour of its plant, led by John Fenstermacher, general manager.

During the tour, the eighth grade students got to experience first-hand the processes in which metal components for building envelopes are manufactured. The company also hosted a panel discussion on manufacturing industry careers and students got to hear directly from ATAS employees about their job responsibilities and skills.

Victaulic and ATAS were among nearly 2,800 manufacturers across the nation participating in Manufacturing Day events.