A Great Start to 2018



There are many reasons to be excited about the start of a new year. It’s the chance to turn the page and begin a new chapter. But for many employers, it’s also a time to look forward and to celebrate the achievements of the past. This year, we are honored to recognize those MBA member companies that are marking milestone anniversaries – from 10 to 170 years — as well as the MBA’s Business Magazine, which is commemorating its 30th anniversary in 2018.

For the past 30 years, the Business Magazine has carved a special niche in our region for business news. We’ve shared your accomplishments, from awards and promotions to new acquisitions, products and services. We’ve also been thrilled — and humbled — to be able to share your stories with all of our members. And we plan to continue to that story sharing well into the future.

Thirty years would not be possible, however, without the strong foundation on which the magazine was launched, thanks to former Association Executive Director Claudia Haller in 1988. Without her foresight and vision, the MBA Board of Governors and the MBA’s succeeding leadership, the magazine would not be what it is today — a leading B2B publication for Association members and employers throughout the tri-state region.

That inaugural issue of the magazine (then the Monthly Business Report), shown at top right (center) and featuring the story, “Clearing the Air on Workplace Smoking” is just as relevant to employers now as it was then. And, over the years, we’ve had the task of tackling key business issues that are facing employers, but also the chance to showcase many of the companies that are creating, innovating and investing right here in our membership region. These employers represent the best of the American free-enterprise system and the impact that businesses can have on prosperity, job creation and economic growth.

In this special anniversary edition of the Business Magazine, we plan to take a closer look at some of the companies that are celebrating their milestone anniversaries this year, including such companies as Penn-Union Corp., Caflisch Pallet & Wood Services, ErieTec (formerly Erie Bearings), Micro Mold, American Hollow Boring Co. and Essentra Components. We’ll also hear from Curtze Food Service President C. Bruce Kern II on the sixth-generation, family owned company’s 140th year as a broadline food distributor headquartered in NWPA.

And that’s not all. Be sure to take a look at our special section recognizing the hundreds of other MBA members that are marking their milestone anniversaries in 2018. The Business Magazine is proud to be among them, and we look forward to sharing their stories — and yours — for years to come!