Success Stories

Lou Davenport, SCORE Lancaster; (Tony) Leta, Director, U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District; Terry Weaver, President, USA Gypsum; Ernie Post, Director, Kutztown University Small Business Development Center stand in front of one of the giant piles of soon-to-be recycled drywall.

USA Gypsum is a national leader in cost-effective gypsum drywall waste recycling, creating quality gypsum products for agricultural and industry use through drywall recycling. USA Gypsum recycles drywall scraps for beneficial use as gypsum bedding, poultry litter amendments, gypsum lawn fertilizer, and other agricultural gypsum products to industrial businesses, landscapers, and farmers. Using reclaimed gypsum-based products is a natural way to improve soil, water, and air quality and keeps material out of landfills. Each month the firm donates to the Christ's Home orphanage and a different USA Gypsum employee chooses a World Vision Micro Finance entrepreneurial candidate to fund. To date, the firm has funded 171 entrepreneurs around the world with over $40,000 in startup funds. All but 10 loans have been repaid and the repaid capital is "recycled" into new loans. Weaver says this is the best recycling they do.

“It’s wonderful to have the privilege to recognize the... Read More

Pik Rite, Inc. President Elvin Stoltzfus
Lewisburg Pa. Firm President, Elvin Stoltzfus, Leads Firm Through Commitment To Integrity, Customers and Employees

Lead by firm president Elvin Stoltzfus, Pik Rite, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of innovative, quality-built vegetable harvesters, agricultural manure spreaders, commercial waste handling and specialized vacuum tanks, dump bodies and debris collectors. The firm's humble operation began in a small garage in 1986 and following three phases of development, it is currently utilizing 60,000 sq. ft. of space at its original manufacturing location in Lewisburg, PA. Stoltzfus and a friend built the first Pik Rite tomato harvester, a project that was largely driven by the fact that he was involved in the hand-harvesting of tomatoes. After a few years of testing and modifying the original machine, three Pik Rite harvesters were built in 1986, and the company was incorporated.

Equipment produced by Pik Rite is customized to meet the needs of many industries that... Read More

Owner Mesut Baysal leads a tour of the Country Food, LLC yogurt production facility with Deputy District Director Michael Kane and SBA lending partner Carl Bieber, SBA Finance Department Director of Business Development, Firstrust Bank.

SBA Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Opening of Yogurt Manufacturer

Eastern Pa.– The U.S. Small Business Administration held a ribbon-cutting celebration March 7, 2017 to mark the launch of Country Food, LLC, a USDA-certified food manufacturing plant focused on store brand and co-pack/co-manufacturing of cultured dairy products, particularly yogurt.

Country Food, LLC is a three-member partnership between Mesut Baysal, Dr. Erdogan Ceylan and Birol Gule, devoted to providing quality Greek yogurt and like products to the consumer. The partners have brought their knowledge and experience through their family heritage as well as their manufacturing expertise to the Mechanicsburg, Pa. area.

“After renovation of the property and purchase of the equipment, the partners needed working capital to finish their dream of bringing high quality Greek products to the Mid-Atlantic region. Firstrust Bank recognized their strengths and were able to extend them... Read More

Pictured: Backyard Ale House owners Patrick G. Nasser, William K. Nasser, III, Eric D. Miller, Anthony V. Potis, 2016 Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year Award winners/

Pictured: Backyard Ale House owners Patrick G. Nasser, William K. Nasser, III, Eric D. Miller, Anthony V. Potis, 2016 Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year Award winners/

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA– Backyard Ale House opened in 2008, when the owners, Patrick G. Nasser and William K. Nasser, III, Eric D. Miller and Anthony V. Potis – seized the opportunity to form a partnership between the brothers and two of their lifelong friends. Since opening, the downtown Scranton “craft beer-oriented” bar establishment has won numerous awards for service, beverage selection and atmosphere.

U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta officially introduced eastern Pennsylvania’s Small Business Person of the Year, Backyard Ale House, on May 3 with the owners.

“It’s great to have the privilege to recognize the achievements of Pennsylvania small business leaders like Patrick, William, Eric and Anthony,” said... Read More