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Effort Foundry Wins Ben Franklin iXchange Manufacturing Achievement Award

Effort Foundry was recognized last month by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) for their manufacturing success. At its annual iXchange conference on May 10, Ben Franklin presented Effort Foundry with the Manufacturing Achievement Award, distinguishing the company’s “proven track record of success and an unbending commitment to achieving and maintaining an excellence in manufacturing.” Effort CEO Charles Hamburg and President William Easterly accepted the honor at the Lehigh University Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem.

“Effort Foundry accepts this award with a high degree of humility,” Easterly said in his remarks. “Not often is a foundry, considered by many to be on the lower end of the manufacturing world, singled out for such a prestigious award.”

Created as a non-profit corporation in 1983, BFTP/NEP links companies with business and technical experts, universities, funding, and other resources to help them prosper through innovation. The organization helped Effort establish a new banking relationship that enables the company to transform its facility into a state-of-the-art foundry. According to Easterly, the company is in the final stages of constructing an 8,000-square-foot machining and inspection building, part of a capital plan that also includes an upgrade of the melt and pour department and the building of a new office facility. The company grew to 69 employees in 2010 and expects further revenue increases.

“With in-house engineering and patternmaking facilities, expertise with steel alloys, and the ability to create castings across a wide range of sizes, Effort has moved far beyond the reach of its remaining competitors,” according to an article in the Ben Franklin News. “Effort’s comprehensive management information system includes job costing and pricing capabilities that allow for accurate and timely decision-making.”

The iXchange, northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier business networking event, attracts more than 500 technology entrepreneurs, businesspeople, venture capitalists, economic developers, political leaders, and regional influencers from Ben Franklin’s 21-county service area. In addition to the 17th annual Innovation Awards, the conference featured networking sessions and a keynote address delivered by Jack Uldrich. An advisor to Fortune 1000 companies and an established author, Uldrich shared practical tools and methods for implementing innovation in organizations, a message that resonates deeply with Effort’s leaders.

“Our commitment is to the future,” Hamburg said. “We are laying the groundwork for one of the most basic manufacturing industries—metal casting—to remain viable in the Lehigh Valley by supplying good-paying jobs, producing steel castings to support the world needs in power generation and all applications requiring quality and integrity.”

iXchange Shot of William Easterly and Charles Hamburg receiving award
Left: William Easterly (c) and Charlie Hamburg moments after receiving the iXchange Manufacturing Achievement Award on behalf of Effort Foundry
Below: Effort Foundry President William Easterly addresses the crowd at iXchange.
iXchange Shot of William Easterly Addressing the Crowd
iXchange Shot of William Easterly and Charles Hamburg
President William Easterly (l) and CEO Charles Hamburg celebrate their win at the May 10, 2011 iXchange.
iXchange Group Shot
(From left to right): Bill Randolph, Renee Sapone, Ed Yandrisevits, William Christie, William Easterly, Charles Hamburg, Kyle Hamburg, George Noble, William Cory