• Kreischer Miller’s Manufacturing Survey Results
  • Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc. Acquires H.B. Custom Media
  • PECO Investing $3 Million in Tree Trimming to Keep the Lights On for More Than 36,000 Customers in Bucks County
  • Carroll Engineering Corporation Announces New Shareholders

Kreischer Miller’s Manufacturing Survey Results

Kreischer Miller’s Manufacturing Industry Group recently completed work on its fifth annual Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Survey. The goal of the survey was to gauge the economic results and outlook of regional middle market manufacturers and to provide manufacturing executives and leaders a snapshot of business best practices being utilized by their peers or constituents, as well as trends observed, in areas such as human capital, business processes, resource deployment, growth strategies and profitability initiatives.

We welcome your feedback and would be happy to discuss the results of the survey with you. To share your comments or questions contact .

View the survey results here:

Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc. Acquires H.B. Custom Media

Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc., announced it has completed the acquisition of H.B. Custom Media, based out of the Ben Franklin Tech Ventures Business Center, in Bethlehem, PA. The acquisition includes all equipment, materials and personnel.

Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc., is a provider of human and animal blood and blood products, OMNI C3 cell culture bags, monoclonal and polyclonal antibody development, manufacturing, and purification services and operates as a Critical Material Manufacturer for a number of fortune 500 companies and their subsidiaries. Lampire offers clients a wide array of products and services fundamental in the fields of drug discovery, compound development and clinical and research diagnostics.

In complement, H. B. Custom Media Inc. (HBCM) is a supplier of custom tissue culture media, reagents, supplements and animal embryo culture media to the Research Use Only (RUO) market for cell culture and the culturing of embryonic stem (ES) cells, both human and animal. H.B. provides the research scientist with the ability to obtain high quality custom tissue culture media and reagents for a lower cost with faster turnaround times and personalized service than the competition.

“The addition of media production to our portfolio will not only augment our Lampire product line, but will enhance our ability to provide industry-leading monoclonal antibody production and tissue culture services to our clients,” said Gregory F. Krug, President of Lampire. “The synergy is clear, and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to expand in this marketplace.”

Karen Hoskins, former CEO of H.B. Custom Media explained, “In order to grow, we needed to grow cGMP manufacturing and expand our infrastructure. Given Lampire’s stature in the industry, it was an obvious choice for us.” The manufacturing of all H.B. Custom Media products will be consolidated to Lampire’s Pipersville Biotechnology Center. Karen Hoskins has joined the Lampire family as a Senior Operations Scientist, focused exclusively on the manufacturing and distribution of our newly released Lampire Custom Media line of products.

The transition is expected to be completed by the beginning of June, 2017. Additionally, all H.B. products will be rebranded with the Lampire name, including updates being made to the labeling, associated documentation and quality control standards.

“We’re enthusiastic and energized by everything happening at Lampire” added Krug, “there are many exciting new things in 2017, and for a company entering its 40th year, continued improvement and growth is critical to our branding and reputation.”

PECO Investing $3 Million in Tree Trimming to Keep the Lights On for More Than 36,000 Customers in Bucks County

PECO customers in eastern and north Bucks County will benefit from a $3 million investment to trim trees and remove vegetation along 373 miles of aerial electric lines. This project, which will begin in early April, will be completed by the end of July and will improve electric service for more than 36,000 customers.

This work will occur in the townships of Bristol, Falls, Lower Makefield, Newtown, Northampton, Solebury, Upper Makefield and Wrightstown. Work will also take place in the boroughs of Morrisville, New Hope, Newtown, Tullytown and Yardley.

“Vegetation growth causes about one-third of all electric outages,” said Dave Weaver, vice president of Technical Services. “Our comprehensive vegetation management program is vital to safely keeping the lights on for our customers.”

Each year, PECO invests approximately $500 million to enhance its electric infrastructure, including preventive maintenance and equipment upgrades to provide safe and reliable energy to customers. As part of this work, PECO will invest about $41 million in vegetation management work around 3,400 miles of aerial electric lines in 2017.

PECO’s vegetation management crews are trained in arboricultural techniques as defined in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Standard. This standard takes into account the type and location of the tree, its relation to overhead equipment and overall health of the tree. Customers are notified before work begins in their area. 

For more information, call 1-800-494-4000 or visit and click on the Trees and Powerlines link under the Safety & Community tab on the home page.

PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 516,000 natural gas customers in southeastern, Pennsylvania. The company’s 2,500 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.3 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 8,700 local jobs and producing $732 million in labor income. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s only Fortune 100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

Carroll Engineering Corporation Announces New Shareholders

The Carroll Engineering Corporation (CEC) Board of Directors announced that three new shareholders have been added to the ownership group of the company. “The Board is extremely excited about this opportunity to offer shares of stock to this distinguished group of employees,” said Kenneth E. Heydt, P.E. President of Carroll Engineering Corporation. “We are looking forward to their infusion of ideas shaping the future direction of the Company, and to allow for the continued succession of leadership from within that has been a foundation of success at Carroll.” The new stockholders are:

Steven Hartman, P.E. – Mr. Hartman is a Project Manager in the Authority/Municipal Services Department He began his employment with CEC in 2002 and performs project engineering for municipal water and sewer authorities. Over the past few years, Mr. Hartman has completed a number of high profile water/wastewater projects in the tri-county area.

Michael McCarey, P.E. – Mr. McCarey is a Project Manager in the Authority/Municipal Services Department. He has been with CEC since 2007 and performs project engineering for municipal water and sewer authorities as well as investor-owned public utilities. He specializes in water/wastewater infrastructure and wastewater treatment.

Christopher Peterson, P.E. – Mr. Peterson is a Project Manager in the Authority/Municipal Services Department. He began is employment with CEC in 2008 and performs project engineering for a variety of municipal, authority and private clients.  His specialties include municipal engineering and storm water management.

About Carroll Engineering Corporation

Founded in 1973, Carroll Engineering Corporation is based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As one of the largest consulting engineering firms in the Greater Philadelphia Area, the firm employs more than 90 people across southeastern Pennsylvania with offices in Warrington (Bucks County), King of Prussia (Montgomery County), Malvern (Chester County), and New Jersey in Hillsborough (Somerset County). Carroll delivers highly-regarded professional services including water facilities engineering, wastewater engineering and municipal engineering to a wide range of authority, municipal, public and private clients in the region. Learn more about Carroll at