Berks County, PA – East Penn Manufacturing Co. operates the largest single-site, lead-acid battery manufacturing facility in the world and supplies first-rate products to the automotive, commercial, marine, motive power, trucking and telecommunications markets. Investment by freight railroads helps keep East Penn the largest and most modern battery manufacturing facility in the world by increasing demand for East Penn batteries and providing affordable, efficient rail service.

In addition to supplying batteries for rail locomotives, East Penn transports raw materials for battery manufacturing via rail. The massive investments made by private railroads into their network each year help grow demand for East Penn batteries and help connect East Penn to the world.

Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach

“Private sector investment in the rail network has a multiplier effect for businesses throughout the economy,” said Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach. “The billions that railroads spend on their network each year enables local companies to connect to the global marketplace. The recent expansion of East Penn Manufacturing is a great example of this success.”

East Penn is one of Berks County’s largest employers with nearly 6,900 workers. Current expansion will allow East Penn to reach new markets and add approximately 400 new jobs.