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LVEDC to Host Fall Signature Event at Crayola

By Colin McEvoy on October 17, 2016

LVEDC's Fall Signature Event will be held at the Crayola Experience in Easton.

LVEDC’s Fall Signature Event will be held at the Crayola Experience in Easton.

Manufacturing isn’t just a part of the Lehigh Valley’s economic past. As the regional gross domestic product reaches a record-high $37 billion, manufacturing has become its single largest economic sector, making up $5.56 billion – or 15 percent – of the overall GDP.

That’s why it’s only fitting that Crayola, one of the region’s top manufacturers and biggest employers, will be the host of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation‘s (LVEDC) Fall Signature Event this year.

Smith Holland, President and CEO of Crayola, will be a featured speaker at Dec. 15 event, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Crayola Experience in Easton.

Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required. Visit here for more information or to register.

Each year, the Fall Signature Event spotlights an existing company in the Lehigh Valley that exemplifies a particular industry, in this case manufacturing. Mack Trucks was last year’s featured company.

High-performance manufacturing has been identified as one of the four optimal target industries for the Lehigh Valley based on the site-specific characteristics of the regional economy. The others are high value business services, life science research & manufacturing, and food & beverage processing.

“Crayola is an excellent Lehigh Valley company with a global presence and international name recognition,” said Don Cunningham, LVEDC President and CEO. “It’s because of great companies like Crayola that the Lehigh Valley is outpacing the growth of most areas our size and larger when it comes to manufacturing.”

This event is made possible in part through the generosity of our gold sponsor, Boyle Construction Management. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Please contact Michael Keller at [email protected] or 610-266-2217 to learn more.

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