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SUCCESSFUL E-RECYCLE EVENT – FOR ALL INDUSTRIAL PARK EMPLOYEES & FRIENDS
The E-Recycle event was a great opportunity for industrial park employees and friends to safely get rid of televisions, computers and parts, and small appliances. By the end of the day, there were stacks of recycled materials. A big thanks goes out to Barb Peters for overseeing the event and for allowing us to use her parking lot. We would also like to thank Joan Froetschel for her help in overseeing this event as well.
Business of the Month – June 2015 – LaFace & McGovern Associates Inc.
LaFace & McGovern Associates Inc.
We are proud to present the next Business of the Month – “LaFace & McGovern Associates Inc.” They are manufacturer reps for independent lighting manufacturers – supplying commercial, retail, office space, hospitals, schools & universities, sports facilities, churches and so much more with energy efficient, state of the art lighting products and accessories. You can visit their website www.laface-mcgovern.com to see the beautiful projects showcasing their lighting. They have won numerous awards for outstanding sales achievements and various industry acknowledgements.
In 1976 above a bar in Monroeville, Gene LaFace and Harry McGovern started this successful enterprise. Now with 50 employees and sales of $62 million, in addition to the main office at 5330 Enterprise Blvd. Bethel Park, they have locations in Altoona and Huntington, WV. Prinicipals of the company now include Harry McGovern as well as Jim Mullett, Craig Lockwood, Tim Leonard and Brian Miedel. In our minds, their office manager, Steve Barczyk is one of the best BP Business Assn.’s regular attending company representative. Steve always has a smile on his face, eager to “chime in” on discussions and toot the horn for L&M. We are very appreciative of Steve’s involvement within our organization.
LaFace & McGovern’s mission statement is “to provide value-added service to our clients in offering world class experience and service in lighting and controls.” When asked “what has changed in the past few years”, they responded “the introduction and rapid acceptance of LED and Controls into the market”. L&M services western Pa., WV, Southern Ohio and Eastern Kentucky. Some of the key brands they represent include Acuity, Lutron, Finelite and Focal Point. We are proud to showcase this fine successful local company.
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UPDATE: “The grant money was used to pave Industrial Blvd. and Progress Blvd. in October of 2014. The borough did not have these streets on the immediate schedule and the grant allowed the paving to be done earlier than planned.”
A grant of $500,000 was awarded to the Bethel Park Industrial Park on Monday, October 14, 2013, as part of the $34 million pool of casino levies in the state’s Gaming Economic Development Fund. Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority in turn awarded $6.5 million in grants in allotments of $200,000 to $500,000 each.
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Business of the Month – September 2014 – PS Wood Machines
PS WOOD MACHINES
There’s a commercial running on television these days depicting Mattel, the Wright Brothers, Disney and Amazon, all as companies that originated in a garage. Right here in Bethel Park we guess a number of companies can relate.
One such company is PS Wood Machines located at 3032 Industrial Blvd. Barbara Peters, its president, started it in 1994 in her garage, basement and whatever other part of her home was needed to contain the cumbersome scroll saw inventory. It didn’t take long before the business moved to a building in South Park and then to their permanent location on Industrial Blvd. in 2000.
Today, in addition to assembling their 14” and 21” scroll saws, they also turn band saw steel from Sweden into the very popular Timber Wolf® band saw blades. They have their own line of Super SharpsTM scroll saw blades as well as patterns, MDF bowl and tray templates, matching router bits, glue, sandpaper, band saw tires and table inserts. Their accessory lines are ever expanding.
For the past 20 years, Barbara has traveled the USA as well as international travel, promoting her products through trade shows, demonstrations, teaching classes and speaking at club events. Sandwiched into that, she has grown her business to the extent family members have become an integral part. Daughter Beth keeps the office running, son Brad runs the shop; even husband Bill (though retired from his real job) lends a helping hand when needed. Barbara says “her travels have been arduous for 20 years, but she has the best customers in the business – many of whom have become great friends over the years”.
PS Wood sells mostly through approximately 150 dealers around the country. They also sell direct through their web site www.pswood.com, through Amazon.com and Sears.com. They have walk-in-business from locals or customers traveling through, taking the opportunity to stop and say “hi” and pick up a few items. Their free catalog is available by calling 412 831-5402 or on their website.
PS Wood Machines celebrated their 20th anniversary this past April. Per Barb, “it hasn’t been easy, but looking back, the garage days seem eons ago”. Congratulations to Barb Peters and her family, another story of a successful Bethel Park Industrial Park business. Barb is currently Co-President of the Bethel Park Business Assn.